Black in the Day…An All American

October 31, 1893: On this date William H. Lewis became the first Black person to be named a collegiate All-American. He also had a life of many firsts. William Henry Lewis (November 28, 1868 – January 1, 1949) was a Black pioneer in athletics, law and politics. Born in Virginia to freedmen, he graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he also became one of the first Black college football players. After going to Harvard Law School and continuing to play football, Lewis was the first African American in the sport to be selected as an All-American. In 1903…