Who Was Major Taylor?

"Life is too short for a man to hold bitterness in his heart."
Marshall W. "Major" Taylor

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  The following newspaper articles by Major Taylor Association board member Lynne Tolman originally appeared in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

"The Other Side"
- an 1894 letter to the editor from Major Taylor about the proposed "white only" membership rule for the League of American Wheelmen

The Value of Good Habits and Clean Living
- from "The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World," Major Taylor's autobiography

A Forgotten Hero
- an essay by Ken Kifer on Major Taylor's life

Neighborhood Fought Sports Hero's Residency
- Albert B. Southwick details one of Major Taylor's many struggles against prejudice.

Major Taylor was Much More than Just a Bicyclist
- Albert B. Southwick discusses Major Taylor's pioneering role as an African American athlete.

Cyclists Armstrong, Taylor Have Much in Common
- Albert B. Southwick compares cycling greats Major Taylor and Lance Armstrong.

"Only A Game,"
- National Public Radio's sports program broadcast a 13-minute segment on Major Taylor on Nov. 13, 1999. Click here to listen. Fast forward about a quarter of the way into the file to hear the Major Taylor segment. More stories: Major Taylor in Today's Media.

cover Major Taylor
The Extraordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer
by Andrew Ritchie is an engrossing and thoroughly researched  biography of Taylor.

You can get this fascinating book and support the Major Taylor Association at the same time. Simply follow this link to Amazon.com and place your order. We receive a small commission when you order from Amazon using our links.

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Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist
by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome is a picture book suitable for children in grades 2 to 4. Children will draw inspiration reading about how a young Major Taylor overcame the bitter racism of his day to become a world champion athlete.

You can get this wonderful children's book and support the Major Taylor Association at the same time. Simply follow this link to Amazon.com and place your order. We receive a small commission when you order from Amazon using our links.

See Lynne Tolman's website for additional articles on cycling in Central Massachusetts.



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