Althea Gibson (1927-2003)

Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson was born in Silver, North Carolina on August 25, 1927. She became the first black person to win major titles in tennis. She attended Florida A& M University on a tennis scholarship. In 1957 and 1958, she won the championship at Wimbledon, England and the U.S. Open ranking her as the number one female tennis player both years. Later she became a successful professional golfer and was the first black woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association.

Paul Robeson (1898-1976)

paul-robeson Paul Robeson was born on April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was the youngest son of a minister who had been a slave. Robeson felt the pain of racial prejudice early in life while playing football at Rutgers College. The hatred did not stop him from becoming an All-American football star, a linguist, an actor and singer. Some of the famous plays that Paul acted in were Showboat, The Emperor Jones, and Othello.