BORN

August 25, 1927
Silver, SC

DIED

September 28, 2003

Althea Neale Gibson

First Black Athlete to Cross the Color Line of International Tennis & Golf, Member of Harlem Globetrotters, New Jersey Commissioner of Athletics, International Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee, First Black to Win a Tennis Grand Slam Title (Wimbledon)

From 143rd Street in Harlem to the center court at Wimbledon is about as far as one can travel.

Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the colored section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

—Althea Neale Gibson

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