Members of the ‘Project for the Preservation of African-American Turf History’ (PPAATH) were the recent guests of TheAfricanAmericanAthlete.com talk show, hosted by columnists Michael Roberson and Rickey Hampton of TheAfricanAmericanAthlete.com.
PPAATH (PPAATH.org) was founded in 2007, and its mission is to preserve the history and educate society, about the utterly remarkable legend of black jockeys, and the black community’s contribution to the sport.
And it is a contribution steeped in history. Consider that 15 of the first 28 races at the famed Kentucky Derby were won by black jockeys.
In the very first running of the Kentucky Derby on May 17, 1875, a young black man, Oliver Lewis, age 19, rode Aristides to victory in front of 10,000 spectators at famed Churchill Downs. To learn more about the history of black jockeys and PPAATH click the link below. The interview picks up around the four-minute mark.