By Mike Patton
Black News & Views
Althea Gibson was a professional golfer and tennis player. She also was one of the first Black players to cross the color line of international tennis.
Gibson would go from being one of the first to being the first on July 6, 1957. She would defeat Darlene Hard 6-3.6-2 to win Wimbledon. Her win marked the first time a female Black athlete won the Wimbledon championship. A salute to Gibson for laying the groundwork for those who would come after her.