The US Tennis Association will royally honor Black Tennis legend Althea Gibson’s 50th anniversary in 1957 making her the first black person to win the coveted National Championship. She is seen as the Jackie Robinson of Tennis.
Gibson will also be inducted into the U.S. Open Court of Champions, based on the result of an international media vote, during the Aug. 27 ceremony. Some other barrier breakers will also be highlighted including Aretha Franklin; Joyner-Kersee, the Olympic track and field champion; Braun, the former U.S. Senator; Phylicia Rashad, the “Cosby Show” actress; former WNBA star Cynthia Cooper; Winter Olympians Vonetta Flowers and Debi Thomas; tennis player Zina Garrison; astronaut Mae Jemison; and BET co-founder Sheila Johnson.
Althea died in 2003 at the age of 83.
What a champion. Americans of all race and colour should celebrate this wonderful woman.