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Past lessons might offer hope for the 'Jena Six'

Mychal Bell of the "Jena Six" is back in jail, but there is hope for a second chance in the lessons of the past, writes Richard Lapchick.

Updated: October 16, 2007, 3:58 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

Mychal Bell might not know the lessons of Darryl Williams and Marcus Dixon, but the latest turn in Bell's case makes his story the next chapter in a series that includes the tales of those other two African-American high school football players from earlier generations. Together, they inform us that racism is still too virulent in our society.

In fact, the lessons of Williams and Dixon are even more vital for Bell at the moment. In the end, they are lessons of hope; and hope is something ...

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