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The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health’s annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala continues to successfully cultivate a magical night, which honors and celebrates the legacy of Arthur Ashe, along with recognizing leaders in their respective fields. During the red carpet for the 24th Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala theGrio caught up with honoree, […]

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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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Arthur Ashe, Locker Room Talk, US Open -

At 11 a.m. Sept. 1, I received a text from Johnnie Ashe saying there was an urgent matter he wished to discuss. Ashe, the younger brother of tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr., said he planned to shake things up during the flag ceremony at the US Open in New York on Monday evening. When we […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Army, Arthur Ashe, Joe Reeder, Johnnie Ashe, U.S. Open, UCLA, United States Tennis Association, USTA, West Point -

Arthur Ashe Jr. always wanted to make a profound change. Before he stepped on a tennis court, he perused encyclopedias and absorbed everything he could about London, France and Australia as a child. His plan was to play in Wimbledon, the French Open and Australian Open, so he needed to be well-versed on not only […]

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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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Aaron Judge, Arthur Ashe, Giancarlo Stanton, LaMelo Ball, LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Lonzo Ball, Matt Barnes, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have reached an agreement to play overseas for Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas, the team’s general manager/coach Virginijus Seskus and the Ball family’s agent, Harrison Gaines, confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. The two younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball will both forgo their college educations to […]

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Arthur Ashe, News, Robert Gore, Soledad OBrien, Sports, Sports Ball -

Black athletes have been getting a lot of attention since Colin Kaepernick took a knee.  Whether they speak out or stay silent on social justice issues, the world is looking to see where they stand. At the recent Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Sports Ball Gala, a celebration of the legacy of tennis champion and […]

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Adam Silver, Arthur Ashe, Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett, Michele Roberts, NBA, NBPA, NFL, Sloane Stephens, Tennis, Venus Williams, What Had Happened Was, Women's Tennis Association -

Game. Blouses. Sloane Stephens was on a mission to reach her first career Grand Slam final, while across the court, Venus Williams was hoping to reach her third major final of 2017. In the end, after a dominant set apiece by both women, Stephens, 24, proved to be too much for the 37-year-old in the […]

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Arthur Ashe, Claire Shulman, David Dinkins, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, New York City, Tennis, US Open -

Naming the center court stadium at the renovated USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center after tennis legend Arthur Ashe was a no-brainer for the United States Tennis Association. Ashe won the first US Open in the Open era in 1968, becoming the tournament’s first African-American male champion. On Feb. 19, 1997, the USTA and […]

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Arthur Ashe, Black Tennis Week, Citi Open, D.C., Donald Dell, John Harris, Washington -

Arthur Ashe stood in the beaming Fort Worth, Texas, sun near a sign that read “For Members Only” as he waited to receive his trophy for winning the Colonial National Invitational Tournament men’s singles event. Ashe defeated the world’s No. 2 player, Australia’s Fred Stolle, in straight sets on Sept. 19, 1965. The 22-year-old also […]

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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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Arthur Ashe, Black History Month, Bob Marley -

1945 — Happy birthday Bob Marley (1945-1981) Reggae star Robert Nesta Marley was born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, to Cedella Malcolm and Norval Marley, a white father who left shortly after his birth. Often ridiculed during his youth because of his biracial heritage, Marley sought refuge in music. Shortly after moving to the small, […]

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Dr. Robert “Whirlwind” Johnson was a prominent doctor in Lynchburg, Virginia. But his vision extended beyond the local hospital. On a tennis court he built next to his home, he was a coach and mentor who prepared athletes to win.

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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, Arthur Ashe, Tennis, U.S. Open -

On Dec. 12, 1968, Arthur Ashe became the first black male player to be ranked No. 1 by the United States Lawn Tennis Association. That year, Ashe was the first black player to represent the United States in the Davis Cup and helped lead the team to the title with a dominant 4-1 victory over […]

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Arthur Ashe, Commentary, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Yannick Noah -

On a quiet evening in the summer of 2002, I took a break from my usual binge of cartoon-watching to join my dad on the couch in front of the television. He was watching Venus and Serena Williams play in their third consecutive major championship final at the U.S. Open. I had never watched tennis […]

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Arthur Ashe, Barack Obama, ESPYS, Zaevion Dobson -

In December 2015, Zaevion Dobson made a brave decision. He had the option of moving to safety and protecting his own body from gunfire, but chose instead to run toward the bullets. He made a split-second decision to sacrifice his life for the lives of two girls who were in the line of fire. Zaevion’s […]

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Arthur Ashe, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted -

July 5, 1975, marks the day 31-year-old Arthur Ashe shocked the world. He defeated 22-year-old Jimmy Connors to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. In 1968, Ashe became the first black man to win the U.S. Open. Two years later, he won the Australian Open for his second Grand Slam title. Ashe retired from […]

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Anniversary, Arthur Ashe, Arthur Ashe Death, Black Tennis Pros, Death, HIV/AIDS, James Blake, MaliVai Washington, Men's Tennis, News, Opinion, Serena Williams, Sports, Tennis -

OPINION - Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ashe’s passing, and while the ground he paved through tennis has certainly helped African-Americans in the sport, the results of dominant black tennis players has generally been mixed...

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