August 25: Happy Birthday, Althea Gibson!

by MaryAnne Gucciardi August 25, 2011 1 min read

Happy birthday to Althea Gibson, the first African American to compete on the world tennis tour. Called "the Jackie Robinson of tennis" for breaking the color barrier in her respective athletic arena, Gibson is the first African American woman to win a Grand Slam title, as well as the first to be ranked no. 1 in the world. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1972.



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