First Black Mr. America, Chris Dickerson

5th February 2024, 10:48 am


Henri Christophe Dickerson (1939 –2021) was the first Black AAU Mr. America, the first openly Gay winner of the IFBB Mr. Olympia contest, and one of only two bodybuilders to win titles in both the Mr. Olympia and Masters Olympia competitions. One of the world’s most titled bodybuilders, Dickerson’s competitive career spanned thirty years.

Dickerson retired after winning the 50+ division at the 1994 Masters Olympia and was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000. He studied music and was an accomplished opera singer in addition to his career in athletics.

He attended Olney Friends School, was a ToFF Member, a resident of Los Angeles and passed away in Florida where he was living at the time.

Chris Dickerson 1939-2021

  These are graphite drawings of Chris Dickerson, a numerous body building title holder including IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1982.   During the 1960s, Dickerson did physique modeling. His 1970s nude work for photographer Jim French is today considered some of the best. He appeared in French’s hardcover photo essay, Man (1972), and also posed for the… View Article

Published: 5th February 2024


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