Althea Gibson

Gibsona.jpg (10849 bytes) Gibson's birthplace was Silver, South Carolina, but she grew up in New York. When she was a child, many people believed that tennis was not a game that African Americans could play well. She was determined to learn the game and become successful.

In 1950 she became the first African American to play in the US Open Tennis Competition. The follow year she become the first black person to play at Wimbledon, England. In 1957 Althea won the Women's Singles title at the U.S. Open. In 1958 she repeated her wins. Althea was ranked #1 in the world among women tennis players in 1957 and 1958. She became an international tennis star and an inspiration to others.

1999, by Luke, fourth grade