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"I don't consciously beat the drums for any cause, not even the negro in the United States."
Althea Gibson was born on August 25, 1927 in South Carolina. She loved sports, and her great talent was tennis 1940's and 50's she they wouldn't allow African Americans in tournaments. She wasn't allowed so she kept practicing her skills until they didn't deny her anymore. Later on she died on September 28, 2003 she died of respiratory failure in East Orange, New Jersey.
Althea Gibson was someone with many accomplishments. She wasn't able to play in tournament because of her color, but that didn't stop her from trying. At one point she had almost had quit all sports. In 1956 she was the first to win the French Championship. Later on she also made history by winning Wimbledon and U.S. Nationals. After she had won U.S championships she became a professional tennis player.
Althea Gibson is important because she is someone who inspires others. Althea Gibson was the one who cracked the color barrier at Wimbledon. Which inspired other African Americans to make them try harder to achieve what they want just like herself. She had also became an inspiration for Venus and Serena who are also professional tennis player.
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