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Legendary tennis player Althea Gibson was born in Silver, South Carolina, on Aug. 25, 1927.
Althea Gibson became the first African-American to win Wimbledon on July 6, 1957.
Tennis player Althea Gibson became the first African-American player to win a major tennis championship on May 26, 1956.
Serena Williams became the second African-American woman to win the U.S. Open title on Sept. 11, 1999.
More than a million Black people weren't accounted for in 1940, and according to records, trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson didn't even exist.
The author talks about tennis great Althea Gibson.
The life and legacy of the World's First Black Tennis Champion,
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BET.com takes a look at important roles African-Americans have played in advancing the sport of tennis throughout US Open history.