Althea Gibson Stamp August

Althea Gibson Stamp August


Althea Gibson, the first Black woman to win Wimbledon and the first to compete at the U.S. Open, will be honored on a postage stamp.  The official ceremony for the stamp will be in August.

Even though it’s hardly news when Venus and Serena Williams mow down opponents at grand slam tournaments, Gibson was the Venus Williams and Jackie Robinson of her era combined.  Gibson won Wimbledon in 1957.

Gibson will be honored as part of the U.S. postal service’s Black heritage series.

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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42 in 2009. The blog focuses on African American members of Congress and Black political power regardless of party. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has also served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax of Lt. Governor of Virginia. She appears each Monday on weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke.