African-American swimmer Simone Manuel recently won 2 gold medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics. A Facebook user shared a photo of a man pouring acid into the water at the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, FL because he didn't want African-Americans to swim in the pool. This photo depicted how important it is that an African-American person win a gold medal today, as they were banned from all swimming pools and beaches just 50 years ago.
"These photos are only 52 years apart"
Upon the success of Simone Manuel, we gathered a list of first African-American athletes that made history with their successful careers!