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Diversity in Sports Law

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first Black athlete to play Major League Baseball after joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947


Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson Was Court-Martialed for Refusing to Move to the Back of a Bus

The U.S. military has always adapted to social change faster than the rest of the United States. President Harry S. Truman signed the order desegregating the military in July 1948. Almost four years to the day before, a future Major League Baseball Hall of Famer was facing a court-martial for six violations of the Articles of War.

All because Jackie Robinson refused to move to the back of a bus.

Joe Louis

African American boxer Joe Louis, who reigned as world heavyweight champion from 1937 until 1949, is regarded as one of his sport’s all-time greats


Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King has spent her lifetime fighting tirelessly for women's equal rights in sports, parity and inclusive leadership in the workforce, and supporting LGBTQ communities


Jesse Owens

10 Things You May Not Know about Jesse Owens

Owens said President Franklin D. Roosevelt, not Hitler, snubbed him.

Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson was the first African American tennis player to compete at the U.S. National Championships in 1950, and the first Black player to compete at Wimbledon in 1951




Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph - The First American Woman to Win 3 Gold Medals at a Single Olympics




Muhammad Ali


How the Supreme Court Changed Its Mind on Muhammad Ali's Draft Conviction



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