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Lecture and Book Signing with Professor Ashley Brown

The International Tennis Hall of Fame hosts professor Ashley Brown, to discuss her new book Serving Herself: The Life and Times of Althea Gibson. In this comprehensive biography, Brown narrates the public career and private struggles of tennis Hall of Famer Althea Gibson (1927-2003).

From her start playing paddle tennis on the streets of Harlem as a young teenager to her eleven Grand Slam tennis titles to her professional golf career, Althea Gibson became the most famous Black sportswoman of the mid-twentieth century. In her unprecedented athletic career, she was the first African American to win titles at the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.

Doors will open at 6:00pm for guests to explore the museum and enjoy a reception before the lecture beings at 7:00PM. Visit to learn more about the lecture and to purchase your ticket.



February 27
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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International Tennis Hall of Fame
194 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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