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tv   Dr. Robert Johnson Tennis Desegregation  CSPAN  February 18, 2018 11:13am-11:26am EST

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of knowing things are supposed to be. i credit that to the genes of proceeds from.
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>> we are here on p or shtick in lynchburg, virginia and the home of dr. robert johnson. next, we talked to his grandson about dr. johnson's role in the desegregation tennis. >> this is the location of where it all happen 15th and peter street, lynchburg, virginia. dr. johnson set up a junior development program in 1951 to train the best and brightest kid. mostly african americans, in the sport of tennis. he would mentor them, work on strategy and tactics and have kids, and stay for the summer. usually about a dozen kids per year. this is where the color line in the sport of tennis was broken in 1950 when healthy against
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senator -- when healthy against althea gibson played in u.s. nationals. arthur ashe came in 1953 and spent seven summers under dr. j 's tutelage. the court behind you is where it took place. this is where they spent hours and hours of time honing their considerable skills and working .n their dispositions a. johnson was my grandfather football player, student athlete and the going to medical school in national, tennessee. he did his residency in texas
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and was recruited in the mid-1930's to come to lynchburg. there were a handful of african-american physicians giving ready to retire and they were looking for very comparable dr. j raised his just so happens that dr. jay was the first african-american to receive privileges at lynchburg general when dr. johnson , it was not easy.
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dealing with all the changes that were going on at the time. he was one of these movers and shakers. hereally took on things started playing tennis which he learned in high school. really found love but the sport. i believe the court went and sometime in the late 1930's, early 1940's. he wasl for the end definitely a civil rights leader
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-- the boys were. he started there. he will tour much broader stage and said what's going on in the world of tennis. hits is a launcher junior development program here which would you stepping stone for players to move up and through and into the world tour.
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retrain carrie osiris for 12 to 16 weeks with my grandfather. i was intense training. -- thatense competition sets the stage for what developed in 1951 where he started bringing kids for 20 years to lynchburg, virginia and this site to train and practice with the best and brightest kids across country. some would say -- someone stay throughout the community, as well as with coworkers, nurses and people part of his medical practice. these are mostly african-americans but there are
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some kids who came and trained that were not african-americans who also benefited from the program and goodwill. . spent several summers here shortly before my grandfather passed away in 1971, i was part of the traveling team. it was surreal. a larger-than-life individual. impacted so many people's lives. when he would walk into a room or when we would go to a tournament the red carpet would be rolled out. he was highly was acted. that he was highly respected. delivered the first two african-americans who broke the color barrier in the sport, e.thea gibson and arthur ash once people realize that those players had grown up here and ,lourished beyond the lynchburg
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that created a cavalcade of interest. my grandfather, phenomenal physician but somehow he managed to be a student of the tennis game and that learning into a program that would, for decades, provide players an opportunity for african-americans to integrate with the sport. case date in touch with both of them beyond their time here. ea sent a lovely telegram to my grandfather after she won wimbledon. she w sent a lovely telegram that said thank you, this victory is as much yours as it is mine is without your confidence and willingness to support and mentoring sponsor me i would have never made it to the world stage.
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let's going on with the site today is we are in the middle of a restoration. the tennis court you can see behind me was restored last year. a large part to the health of usta and others. in 2018 we will focus on the home and shed and get both of those sites restored in addition to the garden, which is a .rominent area in the house we'll focus on the rest of the property and make sure it is restored to its original condition. we will also install a museum inside the house to capture the history. there will be memorabilia and photographs. videos of historic moments. .layers who played here we will share that with the general public. not only locally, but
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internationally for folks to come and visit in faith this in. maybe it community is proud of what took place here. this is a historic district in lynchburg. people are proud of what happened here. for althea gibson and arthur ashe for lightning to strike twice on this property is almost hard to imagine. a lot of pride, local community support. my grandfather passed away in 1971 and after he passed away the house was left to one of his nurses from his medical practice. untils here from 1971 2000. the house events of the family. during that time where she was here and that gap between the family coming back to the property and today, there's a lot of downturn in the overall
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property. now we are squarely focused on addressing the area there was a launching pad for a lot of plays here. that a lot of what took place here. we will address those this coming. hopefully be up and running by 28th and. -- have them available for people to tour. >> learn more about lynchburg and other stops on our tour at tour. you're watching american history tv all weekend every weekend on c-span3. william owsley spent two decades investigating organized
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