Profile: Ralph David Abernathy IV

February, 29, 2012
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I had a chance to profile Cincinnati running back/kickoff returner Ralph David Abernathy IV for Black History Month. Here is an excerpt from the story and a link to the full article.
Ralph David Abernathy cradled Martin Luther King Jr. in his arms as he drew his last breath, a source of comfort, yes. But perhaps more than that, Abernathy served as a source of reassurance.

At that moment, Abernathy was charged with leading the transformative civil rights movement. His son, Ralph David Abernathy III, went right along with him.

At age 9, Abernathy III was arrested for taking part in The Mule Train, part of the civil rights movement, in Douglasville, Ga. He would go on to become a reverend like his father, and a state senator, his passion for effecting change sown at his daddy's side.

Now here stands Ralph David Abernathy IV, a teenager charged with upholding a legacy that has shaped modern American history. It is a huge blessing, but one that comes with a pressure most of us have never known. How does this young man follow in the Abernathy tradition?

Read the full story here.

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