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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
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
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.