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althea gibson

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born on august 25 1927
died on september 28 2003 Althea Gibson A QUOTE of hers is NO MATTER WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS YOU MAKE SOMEBODY HELPED YOU. Another QUOTE is BEING CHAMPION IS ALL WELL AND GOOD BUT YOU CAN'T EAT A CROWN. ALTHEA GIBSON loved tennis. She was a right handed player. She was married twice. Once in 1965 and in 1995. She the first child of 5. In 1994 she had a stroke that left her to confined to her home.

Althea Gibson was thirteen years old when she took her first tennis lesson and one year later she won her first tournament. Gibson was a great athlete. She was the first African American to compete for the U.S. Nationals. She won many U.S. and international titles but Althea Gibson had something much tougher than tennis tournaments to face
through her career Althea Gibson struggled against segregation the practice of separating blacks from whites. Imagine winning a tournament and then not being allowed into the same hotel or restaurant as the other players. It might make you want to quit playing tennis but Althea Gibson never gave up. She became the first black woman to be named Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press twice. All those Gibson firsts helped pave the way for future champions like Venus and Serena Williams. When it is time for you to venture out into the world what is the first thing that you'd like to do? Althea Gibson was the first African American woman to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament. She won the French Open in 1956 and Wimbledon in 1957 Althea Gibson was born in South Carolina on August 25, 1927. At an early age, she developed a love of sport. Her great talent was in tennis, but in the 1950s, most tournaments were closed to African Americans. Gibson kept playing and winning until her skills could no longer be denied, and became the first African American to play at Wimbledon Althea Gibson died on September 23rd, 2003, due to respiratory failure. She was buried in the Rosedale Cemetery, in Orange, New Jersey.

Althea Gibson has made an incredible impact on our life today. She was 76 years old when she pasted away. Gibson did not like school and skipped it as often as possible. Her father’s whippings had little impact. She preferred to be outdoors doing something more active. In 1941 she finished junior high and began attending the Yorkville Trade School where she learned to sew. She had little interest in academics. Her friends were all at a different high school and she began to skip classes and even stay out all night. At the age of three, Gibson moved north with her family to Harlem NY. As she grew up living in a rough neighborhood she sometimes got into fights with other children both boys and girls. During this career she won 56 doubles and singles titles before gaining national and international acclaim for her athletic feats in professional tennis leagues. In the late 1950s Gibson won eleven major titles including three straight doubles at the French Open in 1956, 1957 and 1958. She was winner of the French Open in 1956 Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958 and the U.S. Open in 1957 and 1958 Althea inspires me because she was brave enough to play although many people criticized her because she was black.

She retired from tennis and started a career in golf for which she also showed a talent. Gibson was also the first black women to play women’s professional golf.

It is very important that someone makes a start to stop segregation. If Gibson would have not started to play tennis, then she would have not shown that all people were the same. I think it is very important that she showed the people that the color of people’s skins does not make a difference in talent. She herself might have not realized that she made a difference, but she did Althea Gibson — a brave African American <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-O2G3pUNdxU?feature<iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-O2G3pUNdxU?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-O2G3pUNdxU?feature=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>=player_embedded" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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