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Progress Is A Journey
We can be conscious of our achievements and aware of our progress, but Black History Month serves to remind us we should never stop working, writes Cole Wiley. The accomplishments and celebrations are merely snapshots of what our lives are really all about -- the journey. Story

BHM: Coach, team subject of movie
The story of Jim Ellis, who started an all-black swim club in Philadelphia, will be the subject of a movie coming out in March.

Swimmer Brielle White BHM: Swimmer makes own waves
World-class swimmer Brielle White manages a grueling schedule with the goal of making it to the 2008 Olympics, writes Joseph Santoliquito.

Drucker: An inside look at Arthur Ashe's new Web site
Joel Drucker examines Arthur Ashe's new Web site, which launched earlier this month on the 14th anniversary of his death.

Lapchick: McAshan stood tall in protest
Georgia Tech's Eddie McAshan didn't get to play in the 1972 Liberty Bowl, but he broke down barriers nonetheless for players who followed.

Smith: Willis' sacrifice going largely unappreciated
Meeting the great Bill Willis might just do a world of good for some of today's unruly players, writes Michael Smith.

Hill: Who is Mike Tomlin?
Don't know the new coach of the Steelers? That -- even more than Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy making the Super Bowl -- is a sign of racial progress, writes Jemele Hill.

Garber: For the love of a teammate
Former teammates Everson Walls and Ron Springs will soon share an even more special bond, writes Greg Garber.

Judge Smith, Dungy by character, not color
It's time we stopped judging Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith by the color of their skin, and celebrate their character.

Garber: Scaling the mountaintop
In retrospect, it seems preposterous, but in the first 40 Super Bowls there wasn't a single black head coach, Greg Garber writes. On Sunday, there will be two.

Newton: Max Siegel, the strong man in the DEI middle
If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to stay at DEI, president of global operations Max Siegel is the man who will make it happen, writes David Newton.

Dungy remembers those who came before him
After his Colts dispatched Lovie Smith's Chicago Bears 29-17, Tony Dungy stood alone in history.

Wojciechowski: What would Fritz Pollard say?
George Halas would be proud of his Bears. But not everybody is proud of Halas as Chicago heads to the Super Bowl.

Forde: NFL puts diversity in action
Two of the four head coaches in Sunday's NFL championship games are African-American. Six of 119 Division I-A college coaches are. Which is the institute of higher learning?

Jones: Progress? Not really
Bomani Jones isn't so excited about having two black coaches in the Super Bowl. Is it a sign of progress or a sign that inequality still exists?

My gift to Ali: Hope for peace
As Muhammad Ali turns 65, Richard Lapchick writes that his friendship with "The Greatest" is one of sport's biggest gifts to his family.

Hill: Not black and white
After hearing Larry Johnson say he runs better for a black coach, Jemele Hill can't believe her ears.

Granderson: A pointed word
Now is a good time to rethink the casual use of the n-word, LZ Granderson writes.

Garber: The Rooney Rule opened doors
The Rooney Rule has helped turn around the NFL's once-dismal record of hiring minority head coaches, Greg Garber writes.

Philly embraces young heroes
Since rescuing an elderly woman from a burning house, three Philadelphia high school football players have seen the ups and downs of being recognized for their heroic deed, writes Joseph Santoliquito.

Boxing's Greatest Fighters: George Foreman
Bert Sugar explains how George Foreman is the true "comeback kid" of boxing.

AP: 'Real Deal' or 'In Denial'?
Age and injuries inevitably will take their toll, no matter what Evander Holyfield thinks in his comeback attempt at age 44, Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg writes.

Hollinger: Iverson makes Denver a serious title contender Insider
John Hollinger likes the Nuggets' trade for Iverson so much that he thinks they're now title contenders.

Herm Edwards Smith: Coaching issue not simply about race
The NFL's hiring process may seem like a black-and-white issue when in reality there's a lot more gray to it, Michael Smith writes.

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A run to glory
Jesse Owens wasn't the only African-American hero at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Half-miler John Woodruff came back with a gold medal, too, writes George J. Tanber. Story
From their perspective
In celebration of Black History Month, George J. Tanber spent several weeks talking with some of this nation's most prominent leaders about race and sports. • Q&A: Condoleezza Rice
• Q&A: Wynton Marsalis
• Q&A: Dr. David Satcher
• Q&A: Martin Luther King III
• Q&A: Alan Page
All in the family
Steve Joyner and his son, Stephen Joyner Jr., share an important bond -- a devotion to Johnson C. Smith University basketball. This sort of connection to historically black colleges and universities is strong in the CIAA. Story
Jones: Tough times for HBCUs
When integration came to big-time football and basketball programs, athletic departments at the nation's historically black colleges and universities felt a talent drain, writes Bomani Jones. Story
Q&A: Dr. Horace Judson
Dr. Horace Judson, president of Grambling State, says historically black colleges and universities have to make young people understand they need to prepare for the likelihood they won't make it in pro sports. Story
Lapchick: Irwin Holmes completes circle
Richard Lapchick says Irwin Holmes broke the late-1950s mold at North Carolina State from the classroom to the tennis team to intramural football. In spite of many supportive white students and teammates, Holmes says it was lonely on campus. Story
Q&A: Al Roker
"Today" show weatherman Al Roker enjoys sports, but says it has its place. Without art, music, dance and other cultural classes, he says, young people often turn to athletics as their only avenue to escape their conditions. Story
Q&A: Floyd Keith
As executive director of the Black Coaches Association, Floyd Keith will always cheer for a coach of color. Part of his job is to monitor coaching vacancies and enhance the diversity of the pool of candidates for coaching jobs. Story
Hockey's quiet pioneer
Iowa Stars assistant coach Paul Jerrard, one of two black coaches in pro hockey, has a quiet and thoughtful style, one that suits how he views the relationship between his race and his job. Story
His own wonderful life
James Stewart, the youngest champion AMA motocross has seen, is the first and only African-American to win a major motorsports championship. He talks with's Mary Buckheit about his achievements and aspirations. Story
Gaines paved the way
Jerry Gaines was the first African-American athlete on scholarship at Virginia Tech and is still in the Hokies' track and field record book, but Richard Lapchick says nothing came easy for him. Story
She means business
Sheila Johnson, owner of the WNBA's Washington Mystics, is a pro sports power broker who says she still has a lot to learn about the game and the business of being a team owner, writes Miki Turner. Story
Q&A: Donald Faison
He loves the Knicks and supports coach Isiah Thomas. So what does "Scrubs" star Donald Faison have to say about the role of sports, and how interested is he in owning a pro sports team? Story
Q&A: Don Motley
Don Motley, executive director of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, says the players enshrined there could have competed with anybody, anwhere, anytime. Story
A pioneer's price
Legendary heavyweight Jack Johnson was a hero to most African-Americans and outraged much of white society. But most of all, he dominated the sport, writes Kieran Mulvaney. Story
Opening the ACC
His name might not be widely known now, but Darryl Hill carried a heavy burden when he broke the color barrier for African-American athletes in the ACC, writes Richard Lapchick. Story
Preparing the pitch
DaMarcus Beasley is part of a modern generation of black players in U.S. soccer, which Giles Heron integrated in the 1940s and 1950s, writes Frank Dell'Apa. Heron was noted for his speed and ball control. Story
The Tiger effect
Fifteen years after Tiger Woods made his PGA Tour debut, Mark Kreidler examines whether Woods' ability to win has contributed to the ascendance of golf in the world, across race lines, across class lines … across something other than the bottom line. Story
"Third and a Mile"
In an excerpt from his new book, "Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback," William C. Rhoden chronicles the difficult start to the pro career of James Harris. Story
The great unknown
For all his accomplishments 100 years ago, boxer Sam Langford was never granted a title shot. Why? Because he was a very good fighter, and black, writes Kieran Mulvaney. Story
Birthplace of dreams
Martin Luther King's dream of a promised land comes alive for Portland Trail Blazers LaMarcus Aldridge and Ime Udoka, along with Wright Thompson, at the Civil Rights Museum. Story
Achieving at the highest level
LZ Granderson says William Rhoden's new book, an oral history called "Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback" tells a story that's important to remember. Story
Q&A: Emanuel Cleaver, II
The first in a series of Q&As with prominent African-Americans features Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II from Kansas City, Mo., who wanted to play for the Chiefs. Story
Weekly conversation
Each week during the NFL season, Graham Bensinger spoke with a high-profile NFL figure for's Weekly Conversation. These are the highlights of his conversation with Jim Brown. Story
TV programming
In honor of Black History Month, ESPN has a block of programming dedicated to the achievements of African-Americans in sports. Here's the schedule for programs on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. TV listings