Williams, her sister, Venus, and several touring professional tennis players of color are standing on the shoulders of giants. Many of those giants call HBCUs and MSIs their home. In honor of their accomplishments, this week’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features a list of some of those that have impacted and continue to impact the world of tennis.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you know of other MSI alum that deserve to be on this list, please feel free to respectfully mention them in the comments!
1. Althea Gibson, Florida A&M University
2. Ann Koger, Morgan State University
3. Arthur Carrington, Hampton University
4. Benny Sims, Texas Southern University
5. Bessie Stockard, Tuskegee University
6. Beverly Coleman, Tennessee A&I University
7. Bonnie Logan, Morgan State University
8. Carl Benjamin, Central State College
9. Casaja Allen Qualls, Haskell Indian Junior College
10. Cleveland Abbott, Tuskegee Institute
11. Cliff Johnson, Prairie View A&M University
12. David Dinkins, Howard University
13. David Webster, Prairie View A&M University
14. Dawn Kelly Allen, Haskell Indian Junior College
15. Delise O’Meally, Morgan State University
16. Herman Neilsen, Hampton University
17. Holly Mullan Haskell Indian Junior College
18. Hubert A. Eaton, Sr. Johnson C. Smith University
19. R. Walter Johnson, Lincoln University (PA) and Meharry Medical College
20. Richard “Dick” Cohen, Xavier University of Louisiana
21. Robert M. Screen, Hampton University
22. Ernest McCampbell, Tuskegee University
23. Gerald Norman, Howard University
24. Harmon Fitch, Johnson Smith University
25. Harry Edmonds, Winston-Salem State University
26. Hazel Smith, Tuskegee Institute
27. Herbert J. Provost, Texas Southern University
28. Jimmie McDaniel, Xavier University of Louisiana
29. John Wilkerson, Texas Southern University
30. Johnny Sample, Maryland State College
31. Linwood Skinner, Winston-Salem State University
32. Lucy Diggs Slowe, Howard University
33. Luis Glass, Hampton University
34. Marcus Freeman, Prairie View A&M University and Texas A&M University
35. Margaret Peters, Tuskegee University
36. Matilda Roumania Peters, Tuskegee University
37. Nathaniel Jackson Tuskegee University
38. Nathaniel Vivians, Tuskegee Institute
39. Noah Allen, Haskell Indian Junior College
40. Rick Davis, Texas Southern University
41. Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln University (MO)
42.Wilbert “Billy” Davis, Tennessee A&I State College
43. William Earl “Bill“ Shelton, Saint Paul’s College
44. Yvonne Hoard, Lincoln University (MO)
- The Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1912–50), is the oldest African American athletic conference in the United States, later became the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
- The CIAA’s first championship winning tennis team was Howard University’s Men’s Tennis in 1923-24.
- 2001-02 marked the first CIAA Women’s Tennis Championship with Fayetteville State University claiming victory.
- Prairie View A&M Men’s Tennis claimed the first Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship in 1938.
- Southern University claimed the SWAC’s first Women’s Championships in 1988.
- In 1972 North Carolina Central won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first Men’s championship; South Carolina State Women’s Tennis program did so in 1986.
- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is home to several MSIs. The winner of the NAIA’s first Men’s championship was Pepperdine in 1952; Grand Canyon (Ariz.) won the women’s title in 1982.