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Black History Month | Serena Williams
Serena Williams (September 26, 1981 -Age 36) is an American Professional Tennis Player. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions over the last 15 years from 2002 to 2017. She is the only tennis player in history (man or woman) to have won singles titles at least six times in three of the four ‘Grand Slam’ tournaments, and the only player ever to have won two ‘Grand Slams’ seven times each (7 Wimbledon titles and 7 Australian Open titles), from Wikipedia page.
Quote Of A Champion:
With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That’s what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don’t want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Everyone always says never give up but you really have to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying.
Serena Williams | Fashion Designer, Business Woman
Williams is a Tennis icon with a bold sense of fashion. As a way to best express her individual style on the court and off, she became a Fashion Designer, creating her own clothing line she calls “Aneres”, which in a clever move is her name spelled backwards. She runs her clothing line, adding business woman to her repertoire.
Serena Williams | Philanthropist and Activist
Serena Williams is also a Philanthropist, dedicated to giving back. As part of her passion to empower others, she is dedicated to educating youth, confirming “I have built schools in Kenya and Jamaica and filled classrooms with supplies in my hometown of Compton to empower students to succeed.” She also created ‘The Serena Williams Fund’ and describes in her own words the mission for the organization, “To foster and support positive change around two of the most significant issues of our time— equity through education and senseless acts of violence.”
She became an outspoken activist, deciding to speak out publicly and unapologetically about her fears of police violence against African Americans specifically on her Facebook Page. Her statement may have been precipitated by the fear she had in the moment she spotted a Police car in the distance, while her 18 year old nephew was at the wheel driving her to a meeting. She describes having a flashback if you will, of recent events involving a video of a Police Officer shooting and killing a man in front of his girlfriend. In that moment, she pondered her role in being a catalyst for social change as she thought about her nephew or being a mother to a young black child, and decided to speak out, stating “As Dr. Martin Luther King said: ‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal.’ I won’t be silent.”
Serena Williams an amazing trailblazer and champion of change on and off the Tennis Court.
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