Black History Facts-Althea Gibson (Tennis Legend)

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Althea Gibson 1927-2003)

This Black History Month fact is in honor of Althea Gibson born in August of 1927 and raised in NYC who would grown up to become one of the greatest tennis players of all time while breaking color barriers. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam (French Championships) The following year she won both Wimbledon and the US Nationals which would later become the US Open. Gibson won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the year by the Associated Press in both years. Prior to doing all of this she was the first black athlete to break color lines in 1951. In 1971 she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and without the sacrifice and trailblazing of Gibson we may not have greats like Venus and Serena Williams. Video Via You Tube

 

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