Wayne Embry: A forgotten pioneer

Exploring the forgotten legacy of the league's first black general manager

Originally Published: February 16, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

When it comes to civil rights history there's a hole in our collective memory. Almost all of our recall is locked in the black-and-white images of Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, followed by a furious fast-forward to Barack Obama's inauguration. We tend to skip right over the steps taken in the 1970s. They're missing like the 18 minute gap in the Nixon tapes.

The same goes for sports. It's Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali and Bill Russell, melding ...

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