The Olympian: An American Triumph

<em>The Olympian: An American Triumph</em> by Craig Williams

The Office of Program Development
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Craig T. Williams ’89
Speaking on
The Olympian:
An American Triumph

Williams, founder and CEO of Pride Enterprises Inc ., a company known principally as a construction contractor, has written a historical novel based on the life of John Baxter Taylor Jr. (1882-1908), the first African American to win a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Taylor established several intercollegiate records before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1908. At the London Olympics that summer, he competed in two events for the American team, winning gold as a member of the 1600-meter relay team. Just months after the games, Taylor contracted typhoid fever and died. This fact-based story is told in the first-person, giving it power as both an intimate tale of individual struggle and a piece of missing history. The prestigious Kirkus Review praised Williams for demonstrating “command of his craft” in this, his first book.

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