Would Althea Gibson
have imagined what these two black girls would achieve in the game of tennis?
New Yorker Althea Gibson
had been the first black woman to take the Wimbledon title in 1957.
Sue Strauffacher's NOTHING BUT TROUBLE: THE STORY OF ALTHEA GIBSON
Just three years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, Althea Gibson
, in 1950, followed suit when she became the first African American to compete in the U.
The piece by Yanick Rice Lamb, coauthor of the authorized biography on the tennis legend Althea Gibson
, opens a window into the Williams sisters own reading habits, academic goals and plans for more books.
from America is the women's champion.
There always was an Althea Gibson
, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Davenport or the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena - all former Wimbledon champions - ready to emerge, but not now.
Which terrorist was born on March 10Who was Althea Gibson
and what was she famous for.
Mehru, 60, said: "Few people know that Althea Gibson
won Wimbledon in the '50s, or that Mary Seacole worked as a nurse with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea.
Chris Evert, Michelle Akers, Althea Gibson
, Amelia Earhart, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mary Lou Retton, Tara Lipinski and Martina Navratilova, with famous photographers and photojournalists such as Mary Ellen Mark, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Tina Barney, Lee Friedlander, Justine Kurland, Ruth Orkin, Eve Fowler, Andrea Modica, Charles Harbutt, Robert Mapplethorpe and Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Wells, April Saul, Melissa Farlow and Rick Rickman.
Venus was equally proud of her victory over Belgian Justine Henin in last year's final which made her the first African American to retain the title since one of her heroines, Althea Gibson
, who did it in 1957 and 1958.
She beat fellow-American Davenport in the final on the Centre Court, becoming the first African-American to capture the title since Althea Gibson
This was another triumph for the American Dream, Venus following in the footsteps of Althea Gibson
- the last black female to win in 1958 - Arthur Ashe and Zina Garrison.
Serena (left in photo) became the first African-American woman to win a Grand Slam crown since Althea Gibson
won the last of her five titles in 1958, and the fifth-youngest woman to win the title.
was the first prominent African-american tennis player.