Save Me Joe Louis (Flashback)

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ESPN Sportscentury Montage

In the year 2000 ESPN collected all the greatest moments in sports history and made a video, Chad put me on and it changed me forever. The song in the background is Aerosmith – “Dream On”, every time I hear this it send chills down my spine.

When I watch this I remember.

 

“Save me, Joe Louis. Save me.”

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Some people look at Joe Louis as a “Uncle Tom”, I totally disagree! He was not rude, abrasive and ultra black like Jack Johnson, Joe Louis was more powerful as a symbol to not just blacks but all races. Joe held the title for over 11 years more than any one before him, at a time when blacks felt weak Joe made us feel strong. Peep this,

“More than twenty-five years ago, one of the southern states adopted a new method of capital punishment. Poison gas supplanted the gallows. In its earliest stages, a microphone was placed inside the sealed death chamber so that scientific observers might hear the words of the dying prisoner to judge how the human reacted in this novel situation.

The first victim was a young Negro. As the pellet dropped into the container, and the gas curled upward, through the microphone came these words: “Save me, Joe Louis. Save me, Joe Louis. Save me, Joe Louis…”

That excerpt is from the book “Why We Can’t Wait” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Joe Louis was more than a boxer to some, he was Hope.