Through play, protest and business ventures, there have been many moments which have helped shape the history of African-Americans in sports. Jackie Robinson broke through Major League Baseball's color barrier with his stellar production on the diamond, Tommie Smith and John Carlos opposed racial inequality on the Olympic podium, and Bob Johnson used his business savvy to become the first majority owner of a professional sports franchise, which moment tops your list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Rank: Top moments in black sports history

Running For Gold

Running For Gold

1936
Jesse Owens captures four gold medals (the 100m, 200m, 400m relay and long jump) and breaks two Olympic records at the '36 Summer Games.

Historic No. 42

Historic No. 42

1947
Jackie Robinson breaks the MLB color barrier after debuting with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Glory Road

Glory Road

1966
Texas Western wins the NCAA men's basketball tournament, becoming the first team with an all-black starting lineup to win a national championship.

Celtic Pride

Celtic Pride

1968
Bill Russell becomes the first African-American to coach a major sports team to a world championship as the Celtics defeat the Lakers (4-2) in the NBA Finals.

Silent Protest

Silent Protest

1968
Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their black-gloved fists during the medal ceremony for the men's 200-meter race at the Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality.

Arthur's Court

Arthur's Court

1968
Arthur Ashe becomes the first African-American to reach world No. 1 in tennis.

Hammerin' Homer

Hammerin' Homer

1974
Atlanta Braves RF Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run, surpassing Babe Ruth as Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader.

The One And Only

The One And Only

1988
Doug Williams guides the Redskins to a comeback victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII, becoming the first and only African-American QB to lead his team to a Super Bowl win and be named game MVP.

Roaring Win

Roaring Win

1997
With his Masters victory, Tiger Woods becomes the first African-American to win the tournament.

Franchise First

Franchise First

2002
BET founder Bob Johnson becomes the first African-American majority owner of a North American major-league sports franchise by acquiring the Charlotte Bobcats and Charlotte Sting.

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