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

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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.

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