Top 10 Fun Facts Billie jean king has won 39 grand slams in her life (this includes singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) She went to California State university. In 1953, she founded World tennis magazine, she also edited it until 1972. When Billie Jean King was 21 she won a tennis match called the battle of sexes against the Bobby Riggs who is 55 years old.
People pretend it does not exist, but racism is still here and very alive in the world of tennis. Despite this, the leaders of tennis pride themselves as being innovative and having forward-thinking because of tangible things like equal prize money, television and media coverage for male and female tennis players. But the sad fact remains that tennis will not truly be socially advanced until racism is stopped. Two of the greatest woman athletes to play the game, Serena and Venus Williams, are both African American sisters who began tennis when they were young and through the years have been hugely successful. The two sisters have brought inspiration to learn the game to a new generation of young African Americans, since they grew up in a poor neighborhood and became professionals.
Tennis From the Beginning When little baby Serena was young, she started her training at age 3 and has always loved tennis. Her family supports her so much they even play tennis. “Serena 's father used what he 'd gleaned from tennis books and videos to instruct Serena and Venus on how to play the game. At the age of 3, practicing on a court not far from the family 's new Compton, California, home, Serena withstood the rigors of daily two-hour practices from her father.”
In an Op-Ed published in The London Times, Williams argued that Wimbledon’s prize structure “devalues the principle of meritocracy and diminishes the years of hard work that women on the tour have put into becoming professional tennis player. The message I like to convey to women and girls across the globe is that there is no glass ceiling. My fear is that Wimbledon is loudly and clearly sending the opposite message.” I agree with everything that Williams has said because people all around the world put a stereotype, meritocracy, on top of female athletes that makes them think that they shouldn’t earn as much. Women athletes put in just as much hard work as men do.
As we celebrate Black American History month this is a time to reflect on contributions made by many African Americans. One person that comes to mind is Barbara Jordan. Barbara Jordan was important because she had an impact on the African American community by being the first African American in the Texas Senate, a Civil Rights leader, a speaker for the Democratic National Convention, and she will always be remembered for her role in the Nixon impeachment. Jordan had many other accomplishments and she worked for the good of others until her death at the young age of 59. “Barbara Jordan was born in Houston, TX on February 21, 1936, and she was one of three daughters of Benjamin Jordan and Arlyne Jordan.”
Charles King Jr is a person that works really hard when it comes to football but, it's a struggle for him when it came to school. Also Charles had many family issue. Charles has been through many obstacles his whole life. When Charles was born he wasn’t breathing and the doctors said he might not live. Then Charles was starting to breath and was breathing right.
In A Lincoln Preface it states Abraham was elected president in 1860(Carl Sandburg, pg 453), this shows that Lincoln was dealing with the slavery issue his entire presidency. They provide us information including Lincoln’s birth year being 1776, and that Harriet Beecher Stowe visited him(Carl Sandburg, pg 453, 454). This shows how much slavery was affecting him and the United States. In Arthur Ashe Remembered it told us how Arthur Ashe created the Arthur Ashe Foundation to help find a cure for aids and how he contracted it through surgery, this shows how much he cared about beating his battle with aids and how he wanted to help others throughout their battle too(John McPhee, pg 461). Also, about how Ashe received many honors throughout his tennis career including 1968 U.S. Open and the 1975 Wimbledon Singles Championship(John McPhee, pg 461).
Rosa parks Rosa parks refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. I think that Rosa parks was the most influential civil rights leader. People with a counterclaim could say that Martin Luther King Jr was the most influential civil rights leader. Because Rosa parks did not get up she was made one of the major influences to stop segregation Rosa parks created a boycott to try and make the busses go out of business Rosas decision to stay seated made a lot of people stop and think.
Gender Equality in Athletics “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance” is a law signed by former United States president Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972, under the name of Title IX. 42 years later, Title IX is still regarded as a substantial law improving women’s participation not only in athletics, but also in every social activity as well. Before Title IX, women’s only physical activities were cheerleading and square-dancing, and athletic budgets were focused on men and only men. Since Title IX was signed, things have obviously changed to the better