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Arthur Ashe, Athlete & Activist
Arthur Ashe was an American tennis player and social activist. He was born on July 10, 1943, in Richmond, Virginia. Ashe is famous for his achievements in tennis and his activism, particularly in the areas of race and social justice. He was the first African American to win the singles titles at the US Open (1968), Australian Open (1970), and Wimbledon (1975), and he also won a gold medal in singles at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Ashe was also a prominent advocate for human rights and used his platform as a tennis player to bring attention to important social issues, including apartheid in South Africa and HIV/AIDS. After his retirement from tennis, he continued to be an influential voice in the fight against HIV/AIDS and remained a role model for athletes everywhere who used their fame to make a positive impact on the world.