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In 1960s Los Angeles, after the catastrophic Watts riots, an outsized character emerged — one who found an unexpected way to unite people across race and class.

Odds are you’ve never heard of him.  https://www.latimes.com/projects/larger-than-life-podcast/ 

Big Willie Robinson was an L.A. underground legend who used street racing to heal a city torn apart by racial violence.

Along the way, he touched Hollywood, the Southland’s most notorious gangs, and even the Los Angeles Times.  https://lat.ms/2LMEwWT 

Big Willie's activism led him to start the Brotherhood of Street Racers in the 1960s. It's a band of gearheads guided by Willie’s vision of peace, fellowship and speed — and it lives on today.  https://lat.ms/2LMEwWT 

The Brotherhood of Street Racers and Los Angeles police once worked together to make street racing safer.

Former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said that Willie's ties to the department were "in the lore of community action in South Los Angeles."  https://lat.ms/2LMEwWT 

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