Althea Gibson: Barrier Breaker and Way Paver

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5 Responses to “Althea Gibson: Barrier Breaker and Way Paver”


  • People often forget the social advances that were made during the 1950s, because they’re overshadowed by Civil Rights Era. It’s amazing, given the state of societal norms at that time, that people like Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks and Althea Gibson were able to accomplish so much. Without them, the revolutionary changes of the 1960s would not have been possible. Ms Gibson is truly a hero for bringing America another step closer to its full potential.

    How sad that she fell into poverty and despair later in life. There should be greater rewards for those who make the world a better place.

  • I am also agreeing with you on this statement and have studied about those civil or social right issues involving Blacks in America. That was past but now current circumstances in the USA are totally differ than the past. Now Blacks are not deprived from their human and social rights as civilians. You can say that barrier has been broken.

  • Althea Gibson was such a pioneer, learned so much from her.

  • Althea Gibson is a hero in the tennis world explaining how everyone needs help sometimes. She constantly received aid throughout her life and for me this is honorable. Many people are too stubborn to know when they need help let alone ask for it. She is a hero to all for blazing the trail and setting standards.

  • I agree with Chelsea that it makes Gibson even more heroic that she was willing to accept the help of others. Although she surpassed many obstacles, she still understood that like every human, she was not perfect.

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