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Raising the Roof

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Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson answered questions from ABC Sports Online users.

ABC Sports presented "Raising the Roof: Heroes of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," a one-hour special that celebrated 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, who has not conducted a public interview since 1992, has agreed to answer questions from users.
  • Althea Gibson answered user questions

    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. He retired from the game and started over with a commitment to the African-American community.
  • 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 have succeeded in a position dominated by whites.
  • Robinson set records and broke barriers
  • NCAA African-American head coaches are few

    African-American quarterbacks succeed
    Daunte Culpepper
    Daunte Culpepper will started 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 learned 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.
  • Culpepper: What you see is what you get

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