Althea Gibson,”The Female Jackie Robinson”

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In honor of Women’s History Month, I’ll continue by sharing the impact of Althea Gibson on sports and politics. Like Jackie Robinson, Althea helped to break color barriers in sports.

Althea Gibson grew up in Harlem and according to a biography written about her on history.com, she had an interesting life there. She experienced hardships in her early life from school to family but she found a love in sports, especially ping-pong. This eventually led to her being introduced to tennis and falling in love with it.

Due to racial issues back then, it was hard for her to  compete in events. However, she was able to overcome this and become the first black tennis player allowed to compete at the U.S. Nationals and the first black player to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

This is still relevant to sports and politics today. We are able to see women and African Americans compete in all sports. If it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t be able to see black women athletes in tennis such as Venus and Serena Williams. We shouldn’t take for granted what obstacles we have overcome in sports and politics.

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