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An Everyday Hero
Maurice Ashley has reached the very top of his game the game of chess.
Maurice Ashley is an International Grand Master, the First and Only African-American to be bestowed such an honor.
But that is not why he is a hero.
Maurice Ashley is a hero because he's given back to the community that has given him so much.
As Director of Chess Programs for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, a non-profit children's organization, Ashley assists in developing self esteem in local kids by teaching them strategy and skills of the game of chess.
"Chess is all about the protection of turf; urban kids understand that better than anybody," Maurice Ashley says.