By Diana Garcia
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Silver, south carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: East Orange, New Jersey
- FULL NAME: Althea Neale Gibson
- AKA: Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson is tennis player and a professional golfer, and the first black athlete of either gender to cross the color line international tennis. In 1956 she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam.
This woman was to break the code of female tennis.
Gibson was born in South
Carolina but had grew up in Harlem. Gibson won the national Black women's tennis championship twice, but each time she applied for the U.S. Nationals, she was blocked from competition by a policy of racial discrimination by the American Lawn Tennis Association.
- she went is the top player for seven years
- she was ranked the 9th by 1952
- to win the french championship in 1956
- she became professional in 1958 and wrote an auto biography.
- Associated press female athlete of the year award.
- she was born August 25,1927, Clarendon Country , SC
- Died September 28, 2003, East Orange, NJ
- Spouse was Sydney Llewellyn(m. 1983-1988), Will Darben(m. 1965-1976)
- Parents Annie Bell Gibson, Daniel Gibson
This are some of her quotes
These are some of her awards and years that she had get them
1944-45American Tennis Association (ATA) junior champion1947-56ATA singles champion1948-50, 1952-55ATA mixed doubles champion1949Eastern Indoor Championships quarter-finalist and first black to play in a USLTA-sanctioned event1956French Open singles and doubles champion; Wimbledon doubles champion1957U.S. Clay Court singles and doubles champion; Australian doubles champion; Wimbledon singles and doubles champion; U.S. singles and mixed doubles champion; U.S. Wightman Cup team member1957-58Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year1958Wimbledon singles and doubles champion; U.S. singles champion; U.S. Wightman Cup member1959Pan American Games singles gold medalist1964First black to earn a Ladies Professional Golf Association card1971Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame1980Inducted into International Women's Sports Hall of Fame1991First female recipient of NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award2002Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame