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Black athletes: Beyond the field

To black people in America, they represent salvation in the struggle for equality

Originally Published: February 24, 2010
By Scoop Jackson | ESPN.com

"Don," Dr. Martin Luther King once said to baseball great Don Newcombe, "I don't know what I would have done without you guys -- setting up the minds of the people for change. You, Jackie [Robinson] and Roy [Campanella] will never know how easy you made it for me to do my job."

That basically says it all.

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