On this Day: “Althea Gibson Becomes First Negro to Take Wimbledon Tennis”

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On July 6, 1957: Wimbledon, England, Althea Gibson fulfilled her destiny at Wimbledon and became the first member of her race to rule the world of tennis. Reaching a high note at the start, the New York Negro routed Darlene Hard, the Montebello (Calif.) waitress, 6-3, 6-2, for the all-England crown.

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