PBS' 'American Masters' Profiles the Life and Rise of Tennis Great Althea Gibson

American Masters: Althea Premieres nationwide Friday, September 4 on PBS. The program will follow the life of legendary tennis player Althea Gibson, the first African American to win Wimbledon (1957 and 1958) and at the U.S. Nationals (1957 and 1958 – precursor of the U.S. Open).

According to PBS:

The 90-minute documentary reveals the highs and lows of this remarkable athlete whose life and achievements transcend sports and have entered the annals of African American history. From her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter in the cotton fields of South Carolina, to her emergence as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s, her story is a complex tale of race, class and gender.
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