Althea Gibson : The First African American

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Althea Gibson: the first African-American to win the French championships, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Nationals.

Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927- September 28, 2003), also known as the tennis Jackie Robinson, was the first African-American woman to not only play amateur tennis but also join the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Althea Gibson was one of the most influential and significant figures in African-American women’s sports history (Douglas). Althea was the figurehead that established that blacks were equal competitors in sports (Gould). On the streets of Harlem, New York City is where Althea got her start; Traveling the globe breaking racial barriers in different countries and winning their tennis tournaments is what Althea did. Although she did not receive any monetary gain from her winnings she did receive many awards and trophies, as well as the meeting of many important individuals.
Althea has seen prejudice and discrimination in the entirety of her lifetime despite the many titles and awards she was given. Her life began with the Great Migration and lasted till the Civil Rights Movement. Even though people were prejudice and discriminated against her, she overcame those obstacles. Althea will be remembered as one of the best in tennis for her outstanding performance. EARLY LIFE In the summer of 1927 in the eighth month in the sweltering south, Althea Gibson was born to Dush and Annie Bell Gibson who were both sharecroppers (Group). Silver, South Carolina
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