Breaking Away On Two Wheels: Major Taylor

Jun 5, 2019

  You probably know well the story of the African-American man breaking the color barrier in his sport. But this is not a story about Jackie Robinson or baseball.

A half-century before Robinson suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Major Taylor made his way into the ranks of bicycle racers, at a time when cycling was at its zenith and American race relations were entering their nadir.

Taylor's success is told in the book The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero.

Micheal Kranish, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, wrote the book and joins us with highlights.