Black Vegan Athletes At The Top Of Their Game

by | June 18, 2020

People of color have long been making waves in the vegan movement — whether that be in food, business, activism or sport.

There’s never a bad time to celebrate, or stand in allegiance, with them.

These seven, highly-influential black vegan athletes have risen to fame in their field, smashing that malnourished vegan sterotype along the way.

Black Vegan Athletes To Celebrate Now And Always

Lewis Hamilton one of the world's most recognized Black Vegan Athletes
Hamilton holds a record six British Grand Prix victories (bakounine/

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is a five-time Formula 1 champion. Considered the best racecar driver of his generation and one of the greatest in the history of the sport, his is a name not soon-to-be forgotten.

Hamilton has set many records for consecutive seasons since his debut in the early 2000s and has promoted veganism for more than three years. Recently, he has even backed a chain of fully vegan restaurants dubbed Neat Burger.

David Haye

Enter David Haye — a plant-based boxer whose made a real name for himself in his sport.

This London born two-weight world titleist has adhered to a strict plant-based diet for about six years now and has credited the diet with an increase of both speed and strength in his sport.

Kendrick Ferris

Kendrick Farris is a weightlifter and longtime vegan, having adhered to the diet for around six years. He also touts the benefits of a plant-based diet, which he says helps him recover faster and better maintain his focus.

He is a three-time Pan American Games champion, the current American record-holder in the Clean and Jerk as well as Total Weight, and the only American weightlifter to compete in the last three Olympic Games.

Morgan Mitchell Black Vegan Athlete
Mitchell during the 2019 IAAF World Relay Championships (Roger Sedres/

Morgan Mitchell

Aussie sprinter and Olympian Morgan Mitchell said she has had more energy when training since adopting a vegan diet.

She is now the two-time Australian 400 meter sprinting champion and represented Australia at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is also among many black vegan athletes featured in the 2018 documentary The Game Changers.

Derrick Morgan

Derrick Morgan is a former NFL linebacker who spent his entire nine-year pro career playing for the Tennessee Titans until he retired in 2019.

His wife, Chef Charity Morgan, started preparing him vegan meals that inspired his whole family and over 15 other players to transition to a plant-based diet. Chef Charity hired a small staff to help her prep meals for the team and has shares recipes on her website.

Bryant Jennings

Bryant Jennings is an American professional boxer and world heavyweight title contender with a professional record of 24 wins and four losses — so suffice it to say he thrives in his sport.

Motivated by his health and animal welfare, Jennings has been living vegan since 2015 — and claims his impressive international record is not hindered by his plant-fueled lifestyle.

Venus Williams Black Vegan Athlete
Williams currently has seven Grand Slam singles titles (Dana Gardner/

Venus Williams

Venus Williams is a professional tennis player and world-renowned Olympic gold medalist.

After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Sjögren’s syndrome in 2011, Williams had to withdraw from the US Open. While she’s not entirely vegan, it was switching to a mostly raw vegan diet that helped her combat the disorder and get back on the court.

Who are some of your favorite black vegan athletes? Let us know in the comments below


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