US Open Unveils Statue Honoring Althea Gibson

US Open Unveils Statue Honoring Althea Gibson


ALL RIGHT? THEY DON’T NEED ANYTHING. SO TOUGH. THANK YOU, LONNIE. SURE. AT THE U.S. OPEN, A TRAILBLAZER IN TENNIS. WE SEE THE LONG OVERDUE HONOR. ALTHEA WILSON BROKE THE COLOR BORDER IN TENNIS AND ACHIEVED GREATNESS. SHE BECAME THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT THAT WOULD BECOME THE U.S. OPEN. SHE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TO WIN SINGLE TITLES AT THE FRENCH AND WIMBLEDON. SHE ALSO WON MAJOR DOUBLES TITLES HER FRIEND ANGELA BUXTON WHO’S JEWISH AND DEALT WITH DISCRIMINATION. BY 1995, SHE WAS SICK AND COULDN’T AFFORD MINIMAL RENT. I TALKED TO BUXTON ABOUT A PHONE CALL FROM GIBSON. SHE SAYS, WELL, I RAN OUT OF MONEY AND I CAN’T STAND IT ANY LONGER SO I JUST HAD TO KILL MYSELF. Reporter: SHE SAID THOSE WORDS? YES. SHE SAID, I’M CALLING TO SAY GOODBYE. SHE TALKED ABOUT HER PLIGHT. FANS GAVE ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS IN DONATIONS. GIBSON GREW UP IN HARLEM. SHE EVENTUALLY DIED IN 2003. HER LEGACY GETS NEW LIFE NOW WITH A STATUE AND APP GIVING

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