The Ivy League enjoys a rich tradition of African-Americans playing a vital role in Ivy League athletics, both on and off the fields of play.
The Ivy League's influence on the American landscape dates all the way to the creation of Black History Month. The month-long celebration in February has been traced back and attributed to noted historian Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950). Woodson became the second African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard, following famed civil rights activist, author and historian W.E.B. Du Bois.
While Woodson did not have a direct impact on the fields or arenas, his influence paved the way for so many African-Americans to have sigificant and lasting impacts on the sports landscape, especially on the collegiate level and particularly in the Ivy League.