Althea Gibson Documentary

Althea Gibson (1927-2003) was a professional  tennis player  and golfer who broke the color line in tennis. She was the first African American to win a Grand Slam title. Her efforts were in many ways comparable to Jackie Robinson’s efforts in baseball. This documentary narrated by Maya Angelou tells her story from young woman to tennis champion. The documentary contains commentary from colleagues and Gibson herself. This journey was not an easy one. Gibson faced racism including sexism in the sports world. She opened the door for many African American women athletes. Althea Gibson was inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980. She was also the first woman to win the Theodore Roosevelt Award in 1991.

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