Did you know that sports icon Althea Gibson was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha? Gibson pledged the Beta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Althea Gibson was a tennis star who became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title. She is often compared to Jackie Robinson due to the level of racism and prejudice in sports at the time. The year after she won the Grand Slam, she won the Wimbledon and US Nationals. Gibson was a force to be reckoned with. She was voted Female Athlete of the Year twice by the Associated Press and won 11 Grand Slam tournaments.
La finaliste Althea Gibson embrassant sa coupe, au stade Roland-Garros à Paris, France le 26 mai 1956. (Photo by KEYSTONE-FRANCE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Gibson was inducted into the Internation Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. She is regarded as one of the best tennis players to ever live.