25th August

You may be poor, downtrodden, come from the wrong side of town, but you still have your mind, body, intelligence and with those in tact you can rise about it all. Unfortunately, the world is full of people who will look down on you, tell you that you can’t, put barriers to impede your progress, make laws that deny your humanity – but when the right time comes – it is they who will have to admit they were wrong.

We can still achieve things when all the odds are against us and in these circumstances we must give ourselves a pat on the back. Special individuals take on special challenges and when they get it right and defy the odds; then, it is time for us all to celebrate their achievements.

“Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the coloured section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.”

Althea Gibson: 25th August 1927 – 2003 (First black tennis player and grand slam winner)

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