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African-Americans in Hawkeye Sports, 1895-1961

The University of Iowa has a long and noteworthy history of providing athletic opportunities for African-Americans, particularly during times when such opportunities were uncommon elsewhere.  As part of Black History Month, I think it’s important to take a look at some of these pioneers for African-Americans in Hawkeye sports and recognize their accomplishments. African-Americans in Hawkeye Sports – The First Three The first three African-American athletes I’ve been able to identify from the University of Iowa were Frank Holbrook, Archie Alexander, and Duke Slater. Frank Holbrook, who I discussed indepth in a previous post, was Iowa’s first black athlete, lettering for the Hawkeye…

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Anthuan Maybank

(This is part of a special series on Hawkeye Olympic medalists.) Believe it or not, George Baird wasn’t the only Hawkeye to win a medal in the 4×400 meter relay.  68 years (and 17 Olympics) after Baird captured gold in the 4×400 meter relay, Anthuan Maybank lined up to run in that exact same event. Anthuan Maybank Anthuan Maybank attended Georgetown High School in Georgetown, South Carolina.  He didn’t even start running track until his sophomore year in high school, but by his junior season, he was one of the fastest high school runners in the country.  Maybank finished with the nation’s…

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