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ESPN’s Local Web sites celebrate
MLK Day with related articles, videos

Derek Jeter talks about what the contributions Dr. King made during the civil rights movement mean to him.

Note: As part of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, ESPN will present Content of Character — a weeklong series of original programming, vignettes and interstitials celebrating the life and contributions of the civil rights leader — across many of its programs and platforms.

As we celebrate today the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s worth recognizing the lasting positive impact King continues to have on those of us in the world of sports. The meaning is always personal and profound, no matter where we are across the nation.

That in itself is worth celebrating in King’s honor, and ESPN’s Local sites — Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York — are posting today a series of articles and video vignettes illustrating how King has affected those cities and some of their prominent sports figures.

Here’s a sampling of the features you’ll find:

*’s Wallace Matthews profiles Yankees star Derek Jeter;

*’s Melissa Isaacson profiles White Sox and Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf;

*’s Tim MacMahon profiles former NBA star Spud Webb; and also will showcase Content Of Character features today.

For more information, visit the MLK Day Home Page on

ESPNChicago's honors Dr. King with a profile of pro sports team owner Jerry Reinsdorf
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