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Historically white activities.

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Serena Williams and Misty Copeland are the faces of their respective professions in the United States.

Williams is the face of American tennis (men’s and women’s), while Copeland is the face of American ballet. Both came from humble beginnings in California. Both took unique paths into their professions. Both faced historical, racial and occupational obstacles. Both have dealt with negative commentary about their anatomies.

And both have overcome every challenge along the way to reach the pinnacle of their vocations. In traditionally white professions.

Serena Williams is the No. 1 women’s tennis player in the world. With her victory Saturday at Wimbledon, she now has 21 major titles to her name and is only one win away from tying Steffi Graf’s 22 grand-slam singles titles in the Open Era (and four wins away from breaking Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24), putting her in the discussion of GOAT status.

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