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Joe Louis Barrow Jr. represents his father well

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One of the stars of the Joe Louis documentary about which I wrote in today's newspaper column is Joe Louis Barrow Jr., the son of the late heavyweight champ.

I met Barrow at an HBO screening earlier this month. Unlike his father, who in the documentary is stilted and uncomfortable on camera, his son is a polished speaker with an academic bent.

Interestingly, he works for the World Golf Foundation in Jacksonville; his father helped integrate the sport at the pro level in 1952.

Barrow participated in a panel discussion after the screening and said that at his father's funeral in 1981, Muhammad Ali pulled him aside and said, "You know, your father was the greatest, truly the greatest."

Ali is seen in the documentary calling Louis an Uncle Tom.

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