Serena Williams celebrated as one of the moguls to take black community forward on the world stage in honor of Black History Month

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Serena Williams is being celebrated as one of the trailblazers taking the black community forward on the world stage by an African American-focused magazine.

Williams has firmly established her place as one of the most successful tennis players and professional athletes of all time. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has been a trailblazer in the sport since her first US Open victory in 1999.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion has been a powerful force in the fight for racial justice in sports, and her efforts have been instrumental in bringing attention to the disparities in pay and opportunities for African American women in the industry.

The 41-year old recently earned recognition from Ebony Magazine as one of the many African American celebrities who have propelled the community forward. Williams shared a video from the magazine honoring black celebrities on her social media.

Serena Williams' Instagram story
Serena Williams’ Instagram story

When Williams won the 1999 US Open championship, she became the first African American woman since Althea Gibson in 1958 to claim a Grand Slam singles title.

In addition to her remarkable accomplishments, Williams has been a powerful advocate for greater racial and gender equality both on and off the court. She has been a beacon of hope for aspiring female and black athletes everywhere, inspiring them to reach for their dreams and break down barriers.

Serena Williams awarded the Jackie Robinson Sports Award at the 54th NAACP Image Awards

Serena Williams at the 2018 Wibledon Championships
Serena Williams at the 2018 Wibledon Championships

Serena Williams was recently honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the 54th NAACP Image Awards with the esteemed Jackie Robinson Sports Award. This award is a testament to her remarkable achievements in the world of sports, and is a fitting recognition of her immense contributions to the African American community.

The award is named in honor of iconic baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who shattered the color barrier by becoming the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, was elated to bestow the award upon the 23-time Grand Slam Champion.

“Serena Williams is the quintessential example of Black excellence. From her record-breaking wins on the tennis court to her business acumen to her philanthropic endeavors, she has set the bar for athletes everywhere. We are proud to honor and celebrate her with this year’s Jackie Robinson Sports Award,” he said.

EXCELLENCE | @serenawilliams has received the Jackie Robinson Sports Award at the 54th annual #NAACPImageAwards.The 23-time Grand Slam champion was recognised for her sporting achievements as well as her contributions to social justice, civil rights and community involvement.

Williams has earned an impressive 23 Grand Slam titles throughout her illustrious career. Her remarkable tennis achievements, coupled with her success in business, philanthropy, and fashion, have solidified her status as one of the most iconic figures in the world today. Her remarkable accomplishments have made her a global phenomenon, inspiring millions of people around the world.

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