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, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. 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 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 for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke