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Hollywood Takes a Trip Down 'Glory Road'

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Hollywood Takes a Trip Down 'Glory Road'

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Hollywood Takes a Trip Down 'Glory Road'

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Under coach Don Haskins, Texas Western broke down racial barriers to win a national basketball championship. Frank Carroll/Buena Vista hide caption

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Under coach Don Haskins, Texas Western broke down racial barriers to win a national basketball championship.

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It's been 40 years since unheralded Texas Western beat powerhouse Kentucky for the championship of men's college basketball. Coach Don Haskins' underdog team started five black players against Adolph Rupp's all-white Kentucky squad. The outcome of the game proved to be an important moment in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Now the story of a coach who won a title and broke down racial barriers in the process is a major motion picture. Glory Road is in theaters around the country this weekend.

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