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Althea Gibson--a woman of many "firsts"

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Althea Gibson Won Again!
July 6, 1957

Have you ever been the first person to do something? Maybe in a sport or at school? Long before Monica Seles, Steffi Graf, or Chris Evert won the women's singles title at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in England, there was Althea Gibson. Gibson not only won the title on July 6, 1957, she was the first African American (male or female) to win a tennis championship at Wimbledon. The Wimbledon title was just the beginning of a long line of Gibson "firsts."
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