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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

Book Club
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10:00 am
Main Library, Library for the Blind
Kirk Waller Storyteller
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 11:00 am
Golden Gate Valley, Golden Gate Valley Meeting Room
The Black Rock aka Black Alcatraz
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 1:00 pm
Eureka Valley, Eureka Valley General Floor Area

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Current Exhibits

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Through Thursday, March 10, 2016
Main Library, African American Center
Black Environmental Champions
Through Thursday, April 28, 2016
Main Library, Environmental Center
Celebrating Black History
Through Monday, February 29, 2016
Main Library, Children's Center Exhibit Space