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Session 1:History of the ATA & Black Tennis

July 20, 2020

Moderated By:

Larry Bivins


Art Carrington, Katrina Adams, Willis Thomas Jr., and Bob Davis

We will began the session with an inspiring short video on Althea Gibson, followed by our five panelists who gave a glimpse of the early years of the ATA before Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. You will hear the vital role that HBCU’s played in the first years of the ATA and others who made it possible for young blacks to play tennis. This session provided insights into the partnership that has evolved between the ATA and the USTA.

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