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Tennis, which first came to the United States in the late 19th century, by the middle of the 20th century had become part of a culture of health and fitness. 685 more words

Little Known Black History Fact: Robert "Whirlwind" Johnson

Robert “Whirlwind” Johnson is considered the Godfather of Black Tennis. The Lynchburg, Virginia physician was a tennis master who taught black tennis champions. Johnson’s sports career began at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he was an All-American running back. 236 more words

Little Known Black History Facts

New "Althea" Documentary on Tennis Legend Seeks Funding

Despite being a pioneer athlete and civil rights trailblazer, Althea Gibson and her legacy still remains unknown for many current sports fans.

To change that, a new feature-length documentary called “Althea” is set to premiere later this spring. 836 more words


Not Slowing Down: B.J. Neurell

Brenda H. Neurell won’t describe tennis as a hobby. Considering she’s spent more than 60 years in the sport, who could blame her?

“My whole life I’ve loved the game,” the lifelong Philadelphia native said. 393 more words

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Black History

Althea Gibson became the first African-American to play in, and win, the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1957. In total, she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including six doubles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

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A Helping Hand

“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” ~Althea Gibson

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