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Althea Gibson
(1927-2003) born on
Aug 25
US tennis player. She was the first Afro-American player to win both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon championships, 1957.
         
   
F
Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the colored section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

R
I think I've already got the main thing I've always wanted, which is to be somebody, to have an identify. I'm Althea Gibson, the tennis champion. I hope it makes me happy.
A
Talent wins out.
N
No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you.
K
I don't want to be put on a pedestal. I just want to be reasonably successful and live a normal life with all the conveniences to make it so.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On being the first African American to win at Wimbeldon; in "Women-Sports Magazine," p. 23, Mar 1976.
R: "I Always Wanted to Be Somebody," Ch. 9, 1958.
A: In "And I Quote," by Ashton Applewhite, 1992.
N: In "Time," 26 Aug 1957.
K: "I Always Wanted to Be Somebody," Ch. 9, 1958.
   


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