A Woman to Know: Althea Gibson
|Julia Carpenter||Mar 10, 2016|
I'm playing tennis to please me, not them. — Althea
(image via Library of Congress)
Althea was a lot of firsts — the first black athlete to play at Wimbledon, the first woman of color to win a Grand Slam, and one of the first-ever inductees in the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. And yeah, she was a killer player — maybe the best ever.
As Serena's former coach said, "I think she'd beat the Williams sisters."
Add to your reading list:
Althea Gibson's life is a prequel to Serena Williams's success (The New York Times)
Althea Gibson broke barriers (ESPN)
Althea Gibson timeline (PBS)
International Women's Sports Hall of Fame (Women's Sports Foundation)
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