Arthur Ashe: Athlete, Activist, Bruin

Exhibition on the life of UCLA alumnus, Arthur Ashe
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 7:30am to Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 8:00pm
A dominant figure on and off the court, tennis star Arthur Ashe ’66 became the first African-American selected to the United States Davis Cup team, won a NCAA singles title, and helped UCLA win the NCAA team title. And that was just during his years at UCLA. He went on to win more than fifty professional titles, including three Grand Slams, and earned the ranking of the World No. 1 tennis player.
But his civic and social activism far transcended sports. Both during and after his playing career, Ashe worked to raise awareness of and protest against apartheid in South Africa and the U.S. policy toward Haitian refugees. He also used his celebrity status to educate the public about AIDS and address health care deficiencies in urban minority populations.
Presented on the fiftieth anniversary of Ashe’s graduation from UCLA, this exhibit features photographs and memorabilia from UCLA Library Special Collections including University Archives, the Los Angeles Times collections, and two photographic collections: “Arthur Ashe as an Amateur” by Rowland Scherman and “Out of the Shadow” by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, noted photographer and Ashe’s wife. 


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