The most significant moments, figures and accomplishments in African-American sports History


The story of African-Americans in sports is tightly related to the rise and continued fight for the culture in society at large. It is an effort that accounts not only for on-field excellence but also for groundbreaking personalities and courageous fighters who have earned championship and statistical excellence. They played for access and opportunity and the chance to thrive in places never accessed before, carving out new pathways in society. Here is a look at some of the greatest athletes, moments and accomplishments in African-American sports history.

 

Althea Gibson

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A groundbreaking athlete for both women and African-Americans alike, Gibson was one of the first women to cross the color barrier in professional sports and became the first black woman to win a Grand Slam title in tennis when she was victorious in the 1956 French Open. She would go on to capture a title at each of the Grand Slam tournaments for a total 11 Grand Slam championships overall. She also completed on the LPGA Tour in 1964, becoming the first woman ever to compete professionally in…

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