Way before hashtags, Althea Gibson was already the epitome of #goals. The tennis icon and professional golfer was the first African-American player to break multiple barriers in the sports world.
Once permitted to play in major tournaments, Gibson became the first person of color to secure a Grand Slam title in the 1956, winning Wimbledon and U.S. Open in 1957. She finished her career with 11 Grand Slam events and six doubles titles.
Though long overdue, the United States Tennis Association is also honoring the International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee with a statue at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, in Queens, New York.
On the golf course, she was the first African-American to compete in the women’s pro golf tour in the 1960s. How’s that for #blackgirlmagic?