PBS to premiere Major Taylor documentary, chronicling triumphs and challenges of the renowned Black track champion

Major Taylor: Champion of the Race features an all-star cast of musicians, historians, athletes and activists

Major Taylor
(Image credit: Indiana Public Media)

PBS is set to debut a new cycling documentary on February 26, chronicling the extraordinary life of Marshall “Major” Taylor. The renowned Black track cyclist shattered over 20 world records amid the oppressive backdrop of racial discrimination in America's Jim Crow Era.

Independent from the Major Taylor motion picture currently in production, the documentary, titled Major Taylor: Champion of the Race is narrated by celebrated opera mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson with jazz musician Branford Marsalis reading and interpreting quotes from Taylor. Five-time Emmy Award-winning musician Tyron Cooper created the soundtrack for the film.

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