Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States. In the early 1980s, Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.
Attractive honorary degree presented to Ashe by Long Island University. The degree of “Doctor of Humane Letters” was conferred upon Ashe on June 6, 1989. The impressive document is housed in its original leather presentation portfolio with imprinted “Long Island University” on cover. The degree states:
Your life has been exemplary in the strictest sense. For you have held up to us, for, our admiration and, in our best moments, our emulation, a continuing example of the finest human qualities: on the tennis court, skill magnified by determination and disciplined by intelligence; under the stress of a life-threatening illness, courage, and will tempered by kindness; in your books, passion for justice rendered more luminous by an even deeper commitment to the truth.
Accompanied by related documents and programs from the commencement ceremony. Wear and a slight tear to front leather cover.