The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective of African Americans in Tennis

Arthur Ashe

Please join us for the first event in our oral history lecture series for Breaking the Barriers, a historical timeline featuring the significance of African Americans in tennis:

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective
Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

Colorado has a rich history of pro tour professionals located in our own backyard with direct connections to Arthur Ashe, the first African American male to win a Grand Slam event. Featured panel participants will share experiences and inspirations from their association with Arthur Ashe. In addition, learn about unknown facts, obstacles and struggles faced by early African American tennis pioneers.

Moderator: Nancy McCloskey Concierge, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Panel Participants:

  • Cliff Buchholz, former pro tour tennis professional and junior tennis player with Arthur Ashe
  • Richard Hillway, world-renowned tennis historian
  • Pius Mozia, former pro tour tennis professional, father of junior tennis standout and high school 4A state champion Clinton Vessels III, 1st African American junior tennis player in Colorado to achieve high state and regional rankings and Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation board member
  • Bill Wright, former pro tour tennis professional and collegiate coach who toured with Arthur Ashe

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