Georgia Tech's McAshan helped pave the way

Updated: February 7, 2007, 1:34 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

History sometimes has a strange way of playing out. As we get into Black History Month, much attention is placed, understandably, on events in the civil rights movement and the National Civil Rights Museum located in Memphis, one of the centers of protest activities in the South during the movement. Arguably the saddest event in the civil rights era happened there when Martin Luther King was gunned down on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in April 1968.

Rev. Jesse Jackson was there as ...

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