'Althea:' Documenting The End Of Color Barriers In Tennis

Apr 8, 2015

Althea Gibson (left) and Millicent Miller, mother of 'Althea' filmmaker Rex Miller
Credit Rex Miller

Tennis legend Althea Gibson emerged from South Carolina to break color barriers in professional tennis.

In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam tournament, and went on to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open the following year. 

She became a champion despite the rules of the segregation era, a time when country clubs would not allow her to dress in their clubhouses. 

The new documentary “Althea” provides a glimpse of how she did it.

Host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Rex Miller. “Althea” screens at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham on Sunday.