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Skateboarder Jeron Wilson

The roots of skateboarding originate in the beach towns of Southern California -- idyllic communities that were, back in the 1950s and 60s, almost exclusively white.

But it's important to remember how brown and black athletes continue to shape the sport, which has grown from a cult pastime into a big-money international spectator sport.

Christopher Johnson profiles one such skater -- Jeron Wilson, a professional skater from Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

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Christopher Johnson