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20 Black Athletes You May Not Know But Who Left Their Mark On The Sports World And Beyond

These names should not be forgotten in the history books.

Everyone knows names like Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, but here are some sports figures you might not know:

1. Tommie Smith

Tommie Smith celebrating while winning race

2. John Carlos

John Carlos walking with his wife

3. Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson playing tennis

4. Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph holding medals

5. Bill Russell

Bill Russell shooting a hook shot.

6. Fritz Pollard

Fritz Pollard throwing football

7. Bobby Marshall

Bobby Marshall in his football uniform.

8. Charlie Sifford

Charlie Sifford in sunglasses and hat

9. Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe holding Wimbledon trophy

10. Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner hurdling

11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar playing basketball

12. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf praying during the national anthem

13. Curt Flood

Curt Flood swinging a bat

14. Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson in Orioles jersey and hat.

15. John Thompson

John Thompson coaching basketball game

16. Rube Foster

Rube Foster practicing on baseball field

17. Craig Hodges

Craig Hodges playing at the NBA all stars game in 2012

18. Maya Moore

Maya Moore in basketball uniform

19. Aaron Maybin

From past to present, Black athletes continue to make strides in the sports world and in their communities.

WNBA players in Jacob Blake shirts

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