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A new documentary on BBC 4 (that would be in the UK, for those wondering) will tell the story of how singing legend Nat King Cole and his family became the first African Americans to own a home in Hancock Park and the backlash from racist neighbors. "Their arrival sparked a storm of protest, beginning with a legal battle by the Hancock Park Property Owners Association to try to prevent him from buying the house. When that did not work, the association tried to buy the house from the star. And months of abuse followed, in which his dog was poisoned and racial insults burnt into his lawn." [, image via]