“Althea” Documentary DVD - 83 mins.

“Althea” Documentary DVD - 83 mins.

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The name Jackie Robinson has been synonymous with courage, superior athleticism, fierce competitor and breaking the MLB color barrier.  Now if he were a woman, with those same qualities and was also a singer, actress, musician, author and broke the color barrier in tennis as well as pro golf, then his name would be Althea Gibson.  
The US Open used to be the US Nationals and is tennis’ Brooklyn Dodgers, by giving Gibson an opportunity as the first African American to play in our National Grand Slam tennis tournament in 1950.   She won her first major as the French Singles Champion in ’56 and in 1957 she won the first of two consecutive US Nationals Singles Championships and did the same at Wimbledon.  
We commemorate the 60th Anniversary of this pioneer/ woman/champion, who won 11 Major Titles and whose life and achievements transcend sports. No player overcame more obstacles to become a champion than Althea Gibson and even though she had to leave tennis at the height of her powers because they didn’t pay amateurs, she paved the way for Ashe, Zina and most importantly Venus and Serena Williams.  
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