Joe Gans

Posted by Al Hathaway Sunday, August 8, 2010

Finally, Joe Gans is getting his due. He like many African American leaders at the turn of the century have been relegated to obscurity. We are heirs to a proud legacy. A story that must be told and retold. First, its a story that must be rediscovered. I remember Mike Tyson coming to Baltimore and going to the Mount Auburn Cemetery to pay tribute to this great boxing champion. Joe Gans lived and worked in the Upton Community. He is now properly being recognized for his accomplishments during an era when athletes from his race were far and few in between. Also, they had to be twice as good as anyone else to gain any recognition. This is our modern day challenge to teach our youth to be twice as good as anyone else.

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