Wrestling’s 13 Greatest African-American Stars

It was little over half a century ago that many black and minority pro-wrestlers were forced to compete in so-called ‘Negro Leagues’, separated from the top of the cards on the basis of their skin colour. They weren’t unique in American society; fans themselves in the Southern United States were frequently segregated as a consequence of persistent Jim Crow laws which defined black people as “separate, but equal”.

It wasn’t until 1965 that such laws were finally dismantled. That really was the blink of an eye ago – there are many people alive today who can still remember such a backwards time.

Thankfully, they also recall that segregation didn’t stop black wrestlers from trying to break down such boundaries. The likes of Luther Lindsey and Dory Dixon straddled the divide, becoming so popular…

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