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Trailblazing athletes seek to ease path for next generation
Trailblazing athletes seek to ease path for next generation

Three trailblazers came together Saturday night at a swanky fundraiser for the athletic program at Cal State L.A.: Billie Jean King, Tommie Smith and John Carlos. The university's young students might not know their stories, but they are reaping the benefits of their legacies. King, 70, is a legend not just for her record on the tennis court — where she won 20 Wimbledon titles and 39 Grand Slam victories — but for her decades of public agitation about gender equality. She campaigned for equal prize money for male and female players, helped launch the first professional women's tennis tour and pushed for federal legislation that has fueled a 40-year boom in...

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