Celebrate People's History: Major Taylor

Janet Attard
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
February 2012
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This poster is white with blue and pink images overlaying it. There are two cyclists, a pink behind a blue, and there is a paragraph of text in the upper right corner. It reads: “Major Taylor (1878-1932) was an African American cyclist who won The World One Mile Track Cycling Championship in 1899. He set numerous world records during his 30 years of racing, and was the first African American International sports star. The League of American Wheelmen, the governing body for cyclists, ruled in 1894 to exclude Blacks from membership, and Major Taylor had to fight discrimination at every step of his career.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.