American Masters

Althea: Race in the Sport of Tennis

Clip: Season 29 Episode 6 | 1m 21s

Althea Gibson was one of the country's best tennis players at a time when, because of her race, she wouldn't be granted membership to most tennis clubs. Though race concerned the tennis world, it didn't concern Gibson as much. According to Arvelia Myers, Althea Gibson’s friend and tennis professional, and tennis champion Billie Jean King, Gibson just wanted to the right to play and compete.

Aired: 09/04/15

Rating: NR

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