If the protesters who filled the streets this summer calling for social change and an end to systemic racism start to wonder how they’ll carry their momentum into the future, they might consider the words of Jimmie C. Gardner.

The former minor league baseball player spent 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, wrongly convicted on false testimony from a state witness. Behind bars, he toiled to prove his innocence, read voraciously and even minded his diet and health, telling himself, “I’m playing for the endgame.”

So, yes, he knows something about keeping to the path that leads to change.

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