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Debut author Megan Reid presents her spirited picture book biography of Althea Gibson, the first black Wimbledon, French, and U.S. Open tennis champion, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Laura Freeman. Althea Gibson was the quickest, tallest, most fearless athlete in 1940s Harlem. But that wasn’t enough for Althea. She knew she could be a tennis champion. Because of segregation, black people weren’t allowed to compete against white people in sports. Althea didn’t care. She just wanted to play tennis against the best athletes in the world. And with skill and determination, she did just that, eventually becoming the first black person—man or woman—to win a trophy at Wimbledon. Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis’ Fleet-of-Foot Girl chronicles this trailblazing athlete’s journey—and the talent, force of spirit, and energy that made it possible for her to break barriers and ascend to the top of the tennis world. Reid shares Althea’s story in an informative and powerful story time to kick off Black History Month this Sunday at the bookstore! Ages 3 to 8.
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