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Magic, Bird were more than rivals

Missed opportunity: Their story is incomplete without review of race in 1980s Boston

Updated: March 11, 2010, 4:45 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

I was born in Boston, raised in the Franklin Field projects and later a few blocks away on Ashton Street in Dorchester during the mid-1970s, when the violent realities of school desegregation shattered the illusions of Bostonians, both black and white, who until it was in ruins did not believe their city was capable of what it had so brutally become.

African-American families with the means to leave Boston often faced a difficult choice: move to the predominately white suburbs ...

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