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Native Sons: Courage and dignity

Memories of a childhood from 50 years ago bring Black History Month to life

Originally Published: February 1, 2010
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

The column steps out of the rush and tumble of deadline sporting events this week.

Let's talk instead for a few minutes about the hot mess of history; about the tangle of memory and hope and music, about loss and belonging, about responsibility and original sin. About high ideals and low places. About courage and about decency and about the indelibility of dignity.

Let's speak instead about how universal a thing is love, and how intimate a thing is hate.

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