Malcolm, and others like him

Page 2's Alan Grant reflects on how Malcolm X stayed true to his beliefs – and how athletes like Rasheed Wallace and Reggie Miller have done the same.

Updated: May 18, 2005, 1:58 PM ET
By Alan Grant | Special to Page 2

Fundamental beliefs are the connective tissue for the generations.

Malcolm X, who would have turned 80 this week, met Cassius Clay at a mosque in Detroit. A year later, he hung out with Clay at Clay's training camp in Miami. At the time, Malcolm X was serving a suspension from the Nation of Islam. He was being punished for espousing his own beliefs. This was also about the time he first got wind of threats against his life.

Like you and me, Malcolm X sought diversion in a sporting ...

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