Sports have always been political, similar to almost every element of society. However, Sports in America, in particular, have always been closely connected from race relations and the push for equality. Sports mean more than just what happens on the field. This exhibition reveals the essence of African American contributions and challenges to modern American culture and politics. For the most part, up until the 1940s, Blacks were largely banned from sports, but what most people do not understand is the actual extent to this ban, which is very rarely spoken of. Back in the early days of professional sports, there was a sort of unspoken agreement regarding the ban. The bans were unofficial, resting only on the thought that Black athletes would simply understand that these professional leagues weren’t meant for them. Even if a Black athlete showed great skill and promise, superior to that of white people, they were still segregated from the activities. One example of this was horse racing. Early on in the history of horse racing, black jockeys were dominant. However, over time they were slowing filtered out of the sport, all the way up until the point where in 1920, the last black jockey appeared in a horse race. Another example of this was in football. In the early days, Black football players proved they had tremendous skill, but only a very small few were ever able to make it to the American Professional Football Association, and they were all eventually removed from the league completely by 1934. Because they were excluded from nearly all major professional sports, African Americans formed their own independent leagues to demonstrate their skill and prove that they could perform at a high level. Among the most notable of these were the Negro Leagues, formed during the era of segregation, since Blacks were still banned from Major League Baseball. Arguable the most famous figure to pass through the Negro Leagues was Jackie Robinson, who integrated the MLB in 1947. Robinson’s journey to becoming the first Black player in the MLB, however, was a very bumpy road. He had to deal with an extreme amount of discrimination and hate because of what he was doing, however, even though he was “hated” so much, when he eventually started playing, the stadiums were overflowing.