Althea Gibson Lindsey Adams
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"no matter what accomplishments you make somebody helped you."
"most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't really consider the amount of work required to stay tops."
"I had to fight for what I achieved."
Althea Gibson was born on August 25 1927. She was born and raised for a few years in a small town that went by the name of Silver in South Carolina, but later moved at the age of 3. As a young child she began to play tennis, but was hard because of how big segregation was at the time. Althea was an athletic person who played basketball, paddle tennis, then later discovered tennis in which would be her favorite.
One of Althea's first major win was going against Angela Mortimer in the 1956 French Championships. Althea took over the womens league winning almost all games. Winning the French Championships made her the first black women. Althea also moved on to break the black barrier at Wimbledon. She also went on to win the U.S Nationals.
Althea Gibson was an important figure because she broke barries for black men, and women everywhere. Althea Gibson set records in tennis and broke what was said that could not be done by african american women. She had beaten records and opened a new world for the things african american women could do.
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