Would Althea Gibson
have imagined what these two black girls would achieve in the game of tennis?
Born the child of sharecroppers, Althea Gibson
grew up in Harlem and struggled in school and in life until she found she excelled at games.
Mehru, 60, said: "Few people know that Althea Gibson
won Wimbledon in the '50s, or that Mary Seacole worked as a nurse with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea.
Chris Evert, Michelle Akers, Althea Gibson
, Amelia Earhart, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mary Lou Retton, Tara Lipinski and Martina Navratilova, with famous photographers and photojournalists such as Mary Ellen Mark, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Tina Barney, Lee Friedlander, Justine Kurland, Ruth Orkin, Eve Fowler, Andrea Modica, Charles Harbutt, Robert Mapplethorpe and Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Wells, April Saul, Melissa Farlow and Rick Rickman.
html) Information on baseball's Jackie Robinson, tennis player Althea Gibson
and other black athletes is found on this site from Sports Illustrated for Kids.
Venus was equally proud of her victory over Belgian Justine Henin in last year's final which made her the first African American to retain the title since one of her heroines, Althea Gibson
, who did it in 1957 and 1958.
Este privilegio lo tuvo Althea Gibson
, cuando en 1956 se alzo con los maximos honores en el prestigioso certamen tenistico que se juega en cancha de arcilla.
The pictures in Game Face include celebrated sports stars, such as Marion Jones, Chris Evert, Althea Gibson
, Amelia Earhart, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mary Lou Retton, Tara Lipinski and Martina Navratilova alongside dozens of anonymous amateurs.
She beat fellow-American Davenport in the final on the Centre Court, becoming the first African-American to capture the title since Althea Gibson
This was another triumph for the American Dream, Venus following in the footsteps of Althea Gibson
- the last black female to win in 1958 - Arthur Ashe and Zina Garrison.
Serena (left in photo) became the first African-American woman to win a Grand Slam crown since Althea Gibson
won the last of her five titles in 1958, and the fifth-youngest woman to win the title.
was the first prominent African-american tennis player.