He competed in the World Cycling Championship in Europe and not only won but also broke the world record in the one-mile sprint. He enjoyed a lot of fanfare while there with the grandest hotels putting him up and the nicest restaurants taking care of his tabs. Then he returned to the U.S. where there was little celebration and he wasn't allowed to stay in many of the hotels nor go into many of the restaurants. Why? Marshall Taylor was African American.
Thank God we've come a long ways since then.