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'Father Groppi' a lesson in history

5:30 PM, May 25, 2013
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James Groppi didn't know much about civil rights when he was a kid, but he knew what discrimination felt like. Born in 1930, Groppi was the second-youngest child of parents who came from Italy - and in segregated Milwaukee, that meant a lot of teasing and prejudice.

But the Groppi family was close, the parents taught tolerance, and James was a good scholar. Teachers also noticed that he was a natural leader and he became captain of his basketball team. It was during a game that he had one of his most memorable moments: Groppi blocked another player who happened to be black, and accidentally knocked ...

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