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ALTHEA- TENNIS PIONEER

  • Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University 805 21st Street Northwest Washington United States (map)
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Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Film: Althea | 2015 | PBS | Dir. Rex Miller | 1hr 23min

Althea Gibson’s life and achievements transcend sports. A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins, and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.

Panelists:  

Leslie Allen, former professional tennis player

Bob Davis, CEO, Black Tennis Hall of Fame

Rex Miller, film director

Moderator:

Ava Wallace, sports reporter, The Washington Post

Closing Remarks by Glenn Gilliam, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at “Althea” National Screening Tour and Educational Outreach


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