Black History Month: February 6th
On this date tennis great and leader of social causes Arthur Ashe died from complications from AIDS he contracted from a blood transfusion. A sad day indeed but one we can look back and celebrate a veteran of the U.S. Army, AIDS activist, founder for the Institute for Urban Health, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and winner of three time grand slam titles.
Arthur, was an active civil rights supporter was a member of a delegation of that visited South Africa to helped with political change in the country as it approached racial integration. He was arrested on January 11, 1985, for protesting outside the South African embassy in Washington, D.C. during an anti-apartheid rally and on September 9, 1992, outside the White House for protesting on the crackdown on Haitian refugees.
Ashe also famously said “Success is a journey, not a destination.”