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'Brown Bomber' was a hero to all

Updated: April 7, 2006, 2:39 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

"Even white folks on the job that would say nigger 50 times a day, that would say boy this and boy that, would light up when they talked about Joe," says civil rights activist Dick Gregory about Joe Louis on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

Joe Louis, who had an 11-year, 8-month reign as heavyweight champion, will be profiled on

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The son of an Alabama sharecropper, great grandson of a slave, great great grandson of a white slave owner became the first African-American ...

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