#BlackHistoryMonth: Arthur Ashe

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Arthur Ashe was born July 10, 1943, in Richmond, Virginia. He was a professional tennis player. Ashe was the first African American selected to the United States Davis Cup Team. He is the only African American male ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and Australian Open. Ashe has also won three Gram Slam titles. In the early 1980’s, Ashe was infected with HIV after receiving a blood transfusion during heart surgery. In 1992, he announced his illness to the world and founded the Arthur Ashe foundation for the defeat of Aids and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He dedicated the last years of his life educating people on HIV and AIDS. Arthur Ashe died February 6, 1993. President Bill Clinton awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on June 20, 1993.

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