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Dean Smith and a civil rights legacy

The legendary basketball coach worked to integrate his teams even back in high school

Originally Published: May 17, 2011
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

This Tuesday marks the 57th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that led to the desegregation of America's schools. While many remember the decision, not so many recall that the board of education in that case oversaw the schools of Topeka. Below the high school level across Kansas -- as well as at many levels all across America -- schools were still segregated before 1954.

In the late 1940s, there was a young player who would ...

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