. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American professional Tennis 🎾 player who won 3 Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the 1st African American player selected to the United States Davis Cup team & the only African American man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, & the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. After his retirement, Ashe took on many roles, including writing for Time magazine and The Washington Post, commentating for ABC Sports, founding the National Junior Tennis League, and serving as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1981 to 1985. He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.
In 1988, Ashe published a three-volume book titled A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete, after working with a team of researchers for nearly six years. Ashe stated that the book was more important than any tennis titles.
Ashe was also an active civil rights supporter. He was a member of a delegation of 31 prominent African-Americans who visited South Africa to observe political change in the country as it approached racial integration. He was arrested on January 11, 1985, for protesting outside the Embassy of South Africa, Washington, D.C. during an anti-apartheid rally. He was arrested again on September 9, 1992, outside the White House for protesting on the recent crackdown on Haitian refugees.
On February 6, 1993, Ashe died from AIDS-related pneumonia at New York Hospital at age 49. His funeral was held at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center in Richmond, Virginia, on February 10. More than 5,000 people lined up to walk past the casket. Over 6,000 mourners attended. Ashe requested that he be buried alongside his mother, Mattie, who died in 1950, in Woodland Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. #InternationalTennisHallOfFame #CivilRightsActivist #BlackAthlete #BlackAthletes #BlackPioneers #BlackMenMatter #BlackPeopleMatter #BlackKingsMatter #BlackHistoryFacts #BlackCommunity #BlackNews #BlackRevolution #BlackLegacy #BlackNationalism #BlackSportsHistory #BlackIsBeautiful #AfricanAndProud #AfricanAmericans #AfricanAmericanHistory #AfricanAmericanCommunity #StolenFromAfrica #BlackPride