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Arthur Ashe: More than a Champion

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of tennis legend Arthur Ashe lifting the Wimbledon men’s singles title. From boyhood in segregated America, Ashe became one of the world’s opinion-formers. His is far more than a just a story of how a man conquered the world of tennis. Ashe’s life spans America’s Civil Rights struggle, the ending of South Africa’s system of apartheid and his creation of an awareness of the disease that would eventually kill him: AIDS. It is not surprising that when Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, one of the first people he asked to meet was Arthur Ashe.