With 30 seconds left in the fourth and final round of his Olympic-opening bout, Rau'shee Warren, the U.S.' reigning flyweight world champ, looked to his teammates in the stands. They were gesturing wildly, and Warren swore he heard them yell, "Move! Move!" So Warren danced around on the outside until the referee told him to engage. By then, only four seconds remained.
In a Houston hotel lobby last weekend, Basheer Abdullah, coach of the U.S. boxing team, was telling people why he had it so easy. Abdullah couldn't say how many international medals he expected the boxers on this year's team to win, but at least curfews and appointments weren't a problem. "Don't have to wake anybody up," he said. "My man does that. He's early for everything."
Some African Americans have had a profound impact on American society, changing many people's views on race, history and politics. The following is a sampling of African Americans who have shaped society and the world with their spirit and their ideals.