On this day in Alabama history: Body builder Chris Dickerson was born

On this day in Alabama history: Body builder Chris Dickerson was born
Chris Dickerson, right, with friend and training mentor Bill Pearl. Dickerson was a successful competitive bodybuilder from the 1960s to the 1990s and was the first African-American to win the Amateur Athletic Union Mr. America contest. He earned a number of bodybuilding titles during the 1970s and capped his career with the sport's most prestigious award, Mr. Olympia, in 1982. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Chris Dickerson)

August 25, 1939

Internationally known body builder Chris Dickerson was born the youngest of triplets to Henry and Mahala Ashley Dickerson in Montgomery on Aug. 25, 1939. His brothers are Alfred and John. One of the world’s most titled bodybuilders, Dickerson’s competitive career spanned 30 years; Dickerson first entered bodybuilding competition in 1965 and took third place at that year’s Mr. Long Beach competition. He trained for many of his most important competitions in the 1980s with former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl. Dickerson was the first African-American AAU Mr. America, the oldest winner of the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest at age 43, and one of only two bodybuilders (along with Dexter Jackson) to win titles in both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia competitions.

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