San Francisco Public Library

Breaking the Barriers

9/28/13 - 1/05/2014

Main Library

Skylight Gallery Exhibit Area - 6th Floor

100 Larkin St.

Breaking The Barriers: the ATA and Black Tennis Pioneers exhibit describes the origins and history of the American Tennis Association (ATA), established in 1916 to promote the sport of tennis and to help blacks gain access to tournament tennis. Through photos, newspaper accounts and video, this exhibit discusses the many trailblazers in the fight for equality in tennis, most notably Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe.  This exhibit highlights their lives and contributions as well as the lives of other lesser known tennis heroes and local Bay Area tennis stars such as Mark Manning, Raquel Kopps, Don Johnson, Barbara Lewis and others. Co-sponsored by United States Tennis Association, Northern California chapter. Related exhibit: They Were First: African Americans in Sports, Main Library, Skylight Gallery, September 28, 2013 - January 5, 2014.

Upcoming Events

AfroSolo Artists Talk
Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B
Letters to Prisoners Workshop
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1:00 pm
Main Library, Chinese Center
Celebration of The Complete Works of Pat Parker
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1:30 pm
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B

Current Exhibits

Black Matters Exhibit
Through Thursday, December 15, 2016
Main Library, African American Center