The Importance of Education

In the clip on the top right side of this page, Arthur Ashe relates the impact of books and education on his own live, including the importance of finishing school and maintaining a lifelong dedication to learning.

Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Award
Fairfax, VA

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has been issuing this award every year since 1995 to one male and one female college student. These students must be athletes who not only excel in sport, but also as students and in campus or community activities. By recognizing students for their academic, athletic and activist commitment the award embodies Arthur’s well-rounded ideals.
Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Award

Arthur Ashe Elementary School
Chicago, IL

Located in a mostly Black neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, this elementary school educates over 700 students.

P.S. 161, Arthur Ashe School
Queens, NY

A New York City Public School under the Department of Education, P.S. 161 is located in Jamaica, Queens.
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Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library
Washington, D.C.

The Foreign Policy Library, run by TransAfrica Forum, is a library oriented toward topics relating to Africa and the Caribbean. It is particularly focused on collecting works by authors of African descent and includes many works not readily available elsewhere. Arthur Ashe was a board member of TransAfrica forum and his library now holds more than 10,000 volumes.

Arthur Ashe Professorship at Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Created in 1995, this professorship was intended to further the knowledge and practice of medicine while facilitating greater diversity among the faculty of healthcare practitioners.

Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Elementary School
Richmond, VA

A Henrico County Public School located in Richmond, Virginia, Arthur Ashe Elementary has been serving pre-school through 5th graders since 1994.
Video courtesy of The Arthur Ashe Foundation, All video copyright – Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe.  Use of photos is prohibited without expressed written consent.

Education Current Events

Did You Know?


1) A new study suggests that for every extra year of
education women in developing nations receive, the death rate for children
under five drops almost 10%.
2) Ashe was awarded a tennis scholarship to UCLA in
1963.  That same year, Ashe became the
first African American ever selected to the US Davis Cup team.

3) Arthur Ashe’s scholarly work and papers were donated to
the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the NYPL.

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