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Raising the Roof
ABC Sports Online


Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson will answer questions from ABC Sports Online users next week.

ABC Sports presents "Raising the Roof: Heroes of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," a one-hour special (Sat., Feb. 3, 1 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT) that celebrates the lives of an exceptional group of African-American sports heroes, including tennis star Althea Gibson. Gibson was the first African-American to win Wimbledon in 1957, and went on win it again in '58, as well as back-to-back U.S. Open titles (then called the U.S. Championships) during the same span. In an ABC Sports Online exclusive, the reclusive Gibson has agreed to answer questions from users.
  • Send a question to Althea Gibson

    Simply Magic
    Magic Johnson
    Magic Johnson won five NBA championships.
    Most sports fans vividly remember the press conference at which Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced that he had HIV. Many of us thought that it was just a matter of time before the disease ravaged the former centerpiece of "Lakers Showtime." Magic proved us all wrong, of course. ABC Sports shows how he retired from the game and started over with a commitment to the African-American community in a "Raising the Roof" feature.
  • A true showman

    Finally, African-Americans managing America's Game
    Dusty Baker
    Dusty Baker has been named Manager of the Year three times.
    Both the American League and National League Managers of the Year this past season were African-Americans. Dusty Baker of the San Francisco Giants won the award for the third time in just his eighth year as a Major League manager in 2000. Chicago's Jerry Manuel, meanwhile, won the A.L. honor in just his third year. These men and others share how they have succeeded in a position so dominated by whites in the "Raising the Roof" special.
  • Robinson set records and broke barriers
  • NCAA African-American head coaches are few

    African-American quarterbacks succeed
    Daunte Culpepper
    Daunte Culpepper will start for the NFC in the 2001 Pro Bowl.
    Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper is one of several figures who have cast aside the racial stereotype that African-Americans can't play quarterback. In the "Raising the Roof" special, we'll learn that Culpepper, one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL, had many of the struggles and drama that comes with being young and black in America. Other African-American signal-callers that came well before Culpepper will also be featured.
  • Culpepper: What you see is what you get



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