Althea gibson is best known as the woman who integrated tennis she won wimbledon and the us open and become the no 1 player in the. Nothing but trouble: the story of althea gibson [sue stauffacher, greg couch] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers althea is nothing but. Wightman cup blazer worn by althea gibson from 1957 collection of the smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture before serena.
Before althea gibson could play -- much less win -- major tennis tournaments, another opponent had to be defeated but gibson had less control against this foe. What jackie robinson did for baseball by being in the brooklyn dodgers's starting lineup at first base on april 15, 1947, althea gibson did for tennis when she. Complete your althea gibson record collection discover althea gibson's full discography shop new and used vinyl and cds. Althea gibson, (born august 25, 1927, silver, south carolina, us—died september 28, 2003, east orange, new jersey), american tennis.
Flushing meadows will celebrate the 60th anniversary of gibson's althea gibson and darlene hard with the women's doubles trophy at the. Althea gibson was an african american tennis player who was the first african american to win a grand slam title (the french open) in 1957. Althea gibson  1927- american tennis player althea gibson once characterized herself as a harlem street rebel, referring to her adolescence in new york .
Right after her first victory at wimbledon, wnyc aired this official reception for tennis star althea gibson. During the 1950s, tennis great althea gibson challenged the far-reaching racial barriers of the tennis world to earn many of the game's highest honors in a sport . Althea gibson broke barriers as a tennis legend and american pioneer now, the united states tennis association will break ground on a.
Commentary the legacy of althea gibson by robert l morris, jr | october 4, 2014also published in intellectual consevative on sat october 4, 2014. A pbs american masters documentary film about the trailblazing athlete, althea gibson directed & produced by rex miller. Althea gibson is a hero to me because she overcame the challenges of the world and rose to become one of the greatest tennis players of all. Althea gibson (august 25, 1927 – september 28, 2003) was an american tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line.
Althea gibson is best known as a pioneering tennis player who was the first black player to win a grand slam title along with crossing the color. Althea gibson won again july 6, 1957 have you ever been the first person to do something maybe in a sport or at school long before monica seles, steffi. A historic marker commemorating the groundbreaking career of tennis champion althea gibson was dedicated on apr 8 on the front lawn of. Althea gibson (august 25, 1927 – september 28, 2003) was an american sportswoman who, on august 22, 1950, became the first.