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Althea Gibson and Barbara Knapp at Forest Hills in 1950

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Althea Gibson Won Again!
July 6, 1957

Throughout her career, Althea Gibson struggled against segregation, the practice of separating blacks from whites. Imagine winning a tournament and then not being allowed into the same hotel or restaurant as the other players. It might make you want to quit playing tennis, but Althea Gibson never gave up. She became the first black woman to be named Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press--twice. All those Gibson "firsts" helped pave the way for future champions like Venus and Serena Williams. When it is time for you to venture out into the world, what is the first thing that you'd like to do?
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