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Johnson's impact bigger than tennis

Updated: February 18, 2009, 9:16 AM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Though the late Arthur Ashe was a distinctive individual in a sport filled with solo artists, he spoke frequently of the influences that had made it possible for him to succeed. There had been his father, a local park, a church, a sensibility of humble spirituality and devotion. So many had seen to it that a young African-American could pursue his dreams in a time and place when the roadblocks were considerable.

But most of all, there had been Dr. Robert Walter Johnson, ...

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