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King's inclusion a form of protest

Updated: December 19, 2013, 2:58 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

I have an Irish author to thank for reminding me of a quote from American history that has become my mantra as I struggle with the terms of engagement for journalists and athletes alike at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The African-American activist and writer Frederick Douglass is a major presence in Colum McCann's latest novel, "TransAtlantic." One sentence Douglass utters in the book was so pitch-perfect that I hustled to the Internet to research its context.

"When ...

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