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  1. Saluting Althea Gibson

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    On this day in 1950, Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in tennis and became the first African-American player to compete at the U.S. National Championships, the precursor of today's U.S. Open. Gibson defeated Barbara Knapp in her debut but lost i...

    Blog | August 28, 2013
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  3. Saluting a pair of pioneers

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    Althea Gibson and Wilma Rudolph were part the first class elected into the Black Sports Hall of Fame when it was formed on this day in 1973. Gibson became the first black woman to win a Grand Slam singles tournament at the French Open in 1956, and sh...

    Blog | June 28, 2013
  4. Joel Drucker: Dr. Robert Walter Johnson's impact bigger than tenn...

    Joel Drucker

    Dr. Robert Walter Johnson was a pioneer who blazed the trail for so many, including his proteges Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson, while scaling a mountain of prejudice.

    Story | Conversation | February 17, 2009
  5. Althea Gibson must be smiling over Venus, Serena

    Richard Lapchick

    The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, made more tennis history at Wiimbledon last weekend, but their successes pale next to the trailblazing done by Althea Gibson, writes Richard Lapchick.

    Story | Conversation | July 08, 2008
  6. Pioneering black women join together to honor Gibson

    Respect was what black tennis players were denied before the late Althea Gibson broke the color barrier. Respect is what Gibson demanded with her historic championships a half century ago.

    Story | Conversation | August 27, 2007
  7. Who's top player on women's tour in 2007?

    Greg Garber

    Venus, Serena and Justine Henin have combined to win the first three Grand Slams in 2007. Will one win the year's final major and take control of the wide open women's game?

    Story | Conversation | August 27, 2007
  8. Williams sisters honor Gibson with first-round wins

    Venus and Serena Williams carry Althea Gibson's legacy forward every time they step on a court, every time they hoist a Grand Slam trophy.

    Story | Conversation | August 27, 2007
  9. Venus, Serena playing night of tribute to Althea Gibson

    Serena Williams was the first black woman since Althea Gibson to win the U.S. Open. Venus Williams was the first black woman since Gibson to win Wimbledon.

    Story | Conversation | August 23, 2007
  10. Joyner-Kersee, Franklin to celebrate Gibson's legacy at U.S Open

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Aretha Franklin, Carol Moseley Braun and other pioneering black women will come together on the U.S. Open's opening night to celebrate the legacy of late tennis star Althea Gibson.

    Story | Conversation | August 14, 2007
  11. Althea Gibson was as important as Jackie Robinson

    Jemele Hill

    Fifty years ago today, Althea Gibson became the first African-American to win Wimbledon. And she deserves a prominent place alongside Jackie Robinson and Arthur Ashe.

    Story | Conversation | July 06, 2007
  12. Association looks at black tennis history

    Althea Gibson's barrier-breaking 1950 appearance at the U.S. championships was voted the most influential moment in black tennis history by a panel organized by the U.S. Tennis Association.

    Story | Conversation | February 08, 2005
  13. 'African-American mother of tennis'

    For more than half her life, Zina Garrison heard the same advice from Althea Gibson: Work on your serve. Yet not until Gibson's funeral did Garrison truly understand what her friend and mentor meant.

    Story | Conversation | September 07, 2004
  14. It's the 46th anniversary of Gibson win

    Scoville Jenkins first heard about Althea Gibson a few years ago, when Serena Williams and Venus Williams started winning Grand Slam tournaments.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2004
  15. Gibson 'inspired by what she achieved'

    Althea Gibson was eulogized Thursday as an inspiration to people of all races, on the court and off.

    Story | Conversation | October 02, 2003
  16. Funeral services set for Thursday

    Althea Gibson's body will lie in public view at the Newark Museum on Wednesday.

    Story | Conversation | September 29, 2003
  17. What they are saying

    What they are saying

    Story | Conversation | September 28, 2003