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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Locker Room Talk, Tennis, US Open -

Arthur Ashe Jr. was the Jackie Robinson of tennis. Some make the case that Althea Gibson is Jackie. Gibson became the first African-American tennis player to win Grand Slam events, winning them in 1957 and 1958. She was a lonely warrior who chose not to embrace the role of an activist. Ashe made history on […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Althea Gibson, Darlene Hard, Tennis, Wimbledon -

Althea Gibson wasn’t fazed by the 100-degree heat on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The top seed wasn’t worried about the 17,000 spectators gathered in the stands. The pressure of becoming the first black tennis player to win the prestigious Grand Slam tournament didn’t concern her either. After an easy straight-sets (6-3, 6-2) victory over Darlene Hard, […]

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Aeneas Williams, Althea Gibson, Andre Dawson, Bob Hayes, Buck Buchanan, Charles Oakley, Cleo Hill, Dick Barnett, Doug Williams, Earl Monroe, Edwin Moses, HBCU Sports, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Johnny Sample, Lou Brock, Michael Strahan, Mike Davis, Rick Mahorn, Sam Jones, Shannon Sharpe, Steve McNair, Walter Payton, Willis Reed, Wilma Rudolph, Yolanda Laney -

Some of our greatest athletes have come from historically black colleges and universities. These male and female athletes honed their skills at HBCUs in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. These 25 HBCU athletes, many of them among the greatest athletes of all time, have carved out a special niche in their sports. Charles […]

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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Katrina Adams, Tennis, U.S. Open, USTA -

One question sat on the mind of 50 tennis fans in Wilmington, North Carolina, so much so that each of those people penned letters to turn that question on Katrina Adams, “When is the United States Tennis Association going to recognize Althea Gibson?” A young fan from the youth program One Love, a chapter in […]

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Althea Gibson, Australian Open, French Open, Hispanic Heritage Month, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Latinx Heritage Month, Maria Bueno, U.S. Open, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis, Women's Tennis Association -

Maria Bueno rose to international stardom when she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam doubles championships — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open — in a calendar year. Born Oct. 11, 1939, the Brazilian teamed with Darlene Hard for three of her Grand Slam doubles titles in 1960 […]

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Althea Gibson, Madison Keys, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Tennis, US Open, Venus Williams -

NEW YORK — As Kaia Kanepi’s return landed wide and long, Madison Keys executed a perfect spin and let out a loud shriek. On an evening that began with the added pressure of being the final piece to an all-American women semifinals at the US Open, Keys’ dominant 6-3, 6-3 win Wednesday was clutch. When […]

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50 Greatest, Alice Coachman, Allen Iverson, Althea Gibson, Barry Bonds, Commentary, Harrison Dillard, Jack Johnson, John Carlos, Kobe Bryant, Lawrence Taylor, Lisa Leslie, O.J. Simpson, Sheryl Swoopes, Tiger Woods, Tommie Smith -

The list is complete. The 50 Greatest Black Athletes have been determined by the public — 10,350 adults whom SurveyMonkey polled to decide who should be considered the best of the best in black athletic supremacy based upon four factors: overall ranking, dominance, inspiration and impact on society. For months, debates have swirled in The […]

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Althea Gibson, Angela Buxton, Billie Jean King, Black Tennis History, Black Tennis Week, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Rex Miller, Women's Tennis -

When Althea Gibson won her first Wimbledon title in 1957, she shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II, curtsied, accepted the trophy and then backed away from the monarch. One never turns their back on royalty, Gibson explained. But Gibson, who has been called the queen of tennis, watched as the sport and many others turned […]

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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Black Tennis Week, Olympics, Serena Williams, Tennis, Venus Williams, Zina Garrison -

Black Tennis Week A celebration of African-Americans in tennis The rich history of black people and tennis in the United States goes back close to 110 years. It includes names such as Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Zina Garrison, and Venus and Serena Williams. It also includes some little-known tidbits. For Tennis Week, The Undefeated has […]

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Althea Gibson, Chicago Sky, Hugh Freeze, Los Angeles Sparks, NFL, O.J. Simpson, Ole Miss Rebels, SEC, Stefanie Dolson, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. All eyes were on O.J. Simpson (again), as many in the country tuned in to see whether the former NFL running back would be granted parole nine years into a possible 33-year sentence for a 2007 robbery. After jokes with the parole board, long-winded responses from the former Heisman Trophy winner and a […]

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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Most Undefeated 2016, Robert "Whirlwind" Johnson -

In the midst of the Pierce Street Renaissance Historic District in Lynchburg, Virginia, cars pass by every few minutes. Passengers pause to stare at the white two-story bungalow home with a top half red exterior. The property is empty. It sits on the corner of Pierce and 15th streets, part of only two blocks of […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Althea Gibson, Tennis -

On Aug. 22, 1950, Althea Gibson became the first black person to play at the U.S. Nationals tennis tournament. She came into the competition standing 5-foot-11, with a quick first step, strong right-hand serve and the ability to cover the court in a way others didn’t do as consistently. Going into the contest, Gibson had […]

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Althea Gibson, black athletes, Fritz Pollard, jack johnson, john carlos, larry doby, List, Sports, tommie smith -

Jack Johnson When he beat Tommy Burns for the world heavyweight championship in 1908, Johnson became […]

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