It seemed a long way from 143rd Street. Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the colored section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Dancing with the Duke of Devonshire was a long way from not being allowed to bowl in Jefferson City, Missouri, because the white customers complained about it.
Althea Gibson (b. 1927), African American tennis player. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 23 (March 1976).
Gibson said this c. 1957, on being the first African American to win a major tennis title at the prestigious Wimbledon tournament in England; she won the women's singles title in 1957 and 1958. New York City's largely African American and Hispanic Harlem community includes 143rd Street.