By Rich Brown, Major Taylor Project Manager & Eugene Pak, Major Taylor Project Coordinator
“FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR, TO SEE SOMEONE LIKE MAJOR TAYLOR DO SOMETHING NONTRADITIONAL AND UNIMAGINABLE IS IMPORTANT.” – DR. RAYBURN LEWIS, PROGRAM CO-FOUNDER & CASCADE BOARD MEMBER
M A J O R TAY L O R
PR O J E C T TURNS 10 Ten years ago, Cascade Bicycle Club set out to address the lack of diversity in bicycling. With a conversation sparked by then-King County Executive Ron Sims, the insight and direction of Ed Ewing, thenMarketing Director and Coach at Cycle University, and direction of thenCascade Executive Director Chuck Ayers, Cascade launched a new initiative called the Major Taylor Project (MTP). Named after Marshall “Major” Taylor, the first African-American cyclist to win an international sports title, even from its inception, the Major Taylor Project was more than just a bike club; it was an initiative changing the inequities in our society. “The history of Major Taylor himself is an important piece,” said Dr. Rayburn Lewis, one of the founders of the program who is involved to this day. “For people of color, to see someone do something nontraditional and unimaginable is important.”
The first MTP crew who rode STP in 2009. From left to right:
Major Taylor Project uses the bicycle as a tool to bring social change, transformation and empowerment, and to enrich participants’ lives.
Back row Bethany Tate (Teacher, Evergreen High School), Raj Sidhu (Global Connections HS), Bhawan Khangura (Global Connections HS), AJ Campanelli (Teacher, Global Connections HS), Anu Ani (Global Connections HS), Ray McCullah (Global Connections HS), Daniel Harm (MTP Ride Leader/ Pro Bike Racer/Creative Professional) Middle row Nubia Moreno (Global Connections HS), Lisa Doan (Evergreen HS), Fabian Silva Martinez (Evergreen HS), Danielle Rose (MTP AmeriCorps Volunteer) Front row Moises Torres (Global Connections HS), Linda Ba (Evergreen HS) Courtesy of Timothy Aguero Photography
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