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Yvonne Abraham

A look at how far we’ve come on race — and yet must go

NEWTON — It has been a rough few days for race and sports in Boston. But in the outrage over the detestable behavior of Bruins fans, it’s easy to forget how much worse it once was.

Here, then, is a reminder. It’s the story of “Hulu’’ Lou Montgomery, a halfback on the Boston College team in 1939 and 1940. And of a BC alum named Mark Dullea, who wants the mistakes his alma mater made more than 70 years ago to be properly acknowledged, the school’s transgressions against its first black football player — and its own values — made right.

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