The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective of African Americans in Tennis

Please join us for the first event in our oral history lecture series for Breaking the Barriers, a historical timeline featuring the significance of African Americans in tennis:

The Pioneers: A Historical Perspective
Monday, May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library

Colorado has a rich history of pro tour professionals located in our own backyard with direct connections to Arthur Ashe, the first African American male to win a Grand Slam event. Featured panel participants will share experiences and inspirations from their association with Arthur Ashe. In addition, learn about unknown facts, obstacles and struggles faced by early African American tennis pioneers.

Moderator: Nancy McCloskey Concierge, Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club

Panel Participants:

  • Cliff Buchholz, former pro tour tennis professional and junior tennis player with Arthur Ashe
  • Richard Hillway, world-renowned tennis historian
  • Pius Mozia, former pro tour tennis professional, father of junior tennis standout and high school 4A state champion Clinton Vessels III, 1st African American junior tennis player in Colorado to achieve high state and regional rankings and Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation board member
  • Bill Wright, former pro tour tennis professional and collegiate coach who toured with Arthur Ashe
Written by angela on May 5, 2011


Lenny Gray, Te… on December 21, 2016


Meet, Arthur while trying to play satellite tennis in North Carolina in the70's traveling around after playing minor league baseball all summer to tennis tournament trying to qualify for the drew I was ready to quit he encouraged me to work at being a good play although i was older then he was at that time he talk about becoming a teaching pro, developing young players That got me going i played everyday anywhere anybody. Few years i sat with in Ponte Vedra Beach Fl. where he was playing a tournament. I had been name the tennis coach of the 12th fleet at mayport navel station he said he was as pround me as i was of him. that changed my life. the50th year in tennis god bless AA

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