During Black History Month, Fair360, formerly DiversityInc is honoring a series of Black innovators and history makers such as Althea Gibson who are often overlooked in mainstream media coverage and history books. Check back throughout February to learn about more important figures.
Born: August 25, 1927, Clarendon County, South Carolina
Died: September 28, 2003, East Orange, New Jersey
Known best for: being the first African American athlete to win a Grand Slam title, as well as being one of the first Black American athletes during segregation to cross the color line for international tennis.