We are thrilled to be part of a series of events August 25th to 30th this summer, celebrating Althea Gibson’s birthday (August 25, 1927), her accomplishments at the US Open, and the national broadcast of Rex Miller’s documentary film ALTHEA on PBS’ American Masters, September 4th, 2015 at 9 p.m.


In addition to being a historian and archivist of the history of Black tennis, Art Carrington was a friend of Althea’s. They shared teachers, experiences, and a community; Art is delighted to share his abundance of insight as a central voice in Miller’s gorgeous and powerful film ALTHEA.

With Rex, Art will be participating in a series of radio and live events this week in the New York area publicizing the film and celebrating Althea. You can hear him Sunday, August 23rd, 3:15-3:45 for a call-in show on WHCR 90.3 FM-The Voice of Harlem, broadcasting from the campus of The City College of New York. You can also catch Art at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium, for a panel discussion with former tennis pro Leslie Allen, former Mayor of New York David Dinkins, and filmmaker Rex Miller in conjunction with a special preview of the film (attendance free but seating is limited, so register for a spot).

Check out details all the outstanding events during the week, including screenings of ALTHEA on the 26th at the Queens Theater as part of Queens Day at the US Open, at Imagenation on the 27th, and at the West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills on the 28th. There will be a re-dedication of the Althea Gibson and Sydney Llewellyn courts at The Jungle public courts at 7th Ave and 150th St. in Harlem at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29th followed by a party for kids and their parents. And of course mark your calendar for ALTHEA on PBS’ American Masters, September 4th, 2015 at 9 p.m.!

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