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A legacy of change and hope

Originally Published: February 6, 2003
By Richard E. Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

That day in Richmond, Va., stays with me even 10 years later. A rainbow of thousands of people gathered to pay tribute to Arthur Ashe in the most integrated scene I had ever witnessed. Now, even in a post-Sept. 11 era that prompts us to redefine our use of the word "hero" in sports, Arthur Ashe remains a giant. The people had come to Richmond from across the nation and around the world, knowing that they were saying farewell to a genuine hero.

For as dominating a player as he was on the ...

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