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On August 25, 1927 Althea Gibson was born in South Carolina. When Gibson was still little her family and her moved to New York City. Her family struggled and she would skip school to go play sports instead. At the end of her life Gibson struggled again, she went bankrupt and suffered from a stroke & heart problems. She later died in East Orange, New Jersey from respiratory failure.
When little Althea Gibson started to devote her time to sports, mostly tennis. Buddy Walker, a musician, noticed her skills & allowed her to play at local courts, which was unusual at the time for African American's to do. A year after playing she won a tournament promote by an African American Association. She became the first African American tennis player to compete in championships & Wimbledon. Gibson earned a sports scholarship to Florida A&M University. She won the US open & French open. Althea Gibson had 56 singles & double before 1959. She started to play gold & was the first black women to go on a professional tour. When Gibson turned back to tennis she was put in Tennis Hall of Fame. She was a commissioner of athletics for New Jersey & government council on physical fitness.
Althea Gibson is an important part of our history, she was a leader to African Americans. Althea Gibson did not let anything get in way, even with the segregation going on. Her accomplishments were impressive and she was the first in her nationality to win championships in tennis, win the Tennis open's, and go on professional golf tour. With her accomplishments she can be looked up to as a role model.
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