The tennis champion and humanitarian was, without a doubt, a true hero—and a pioneer. The first, and only, African-American man to win a major singles tournament, Ashe was committed to social issues. He established foundations to help disenfranchised young people, to oppose apartheid in South Africa, and to fight AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion following heart surgery.
Ashe passed away on February 6, 1993, but his legacy remains. In 2005, the U.S. Postal Service honored him with a stamp that features photographer Michael O’Neill‘s striking portrait of Ashe, which had previously appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
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