Muhammad Ali is one of the world’s most famous sportsmen in History. Not only did he achieve the unthinkable, he came to represent far more than just a boxing champion, he became a political icon and symbol of black pride. This blog will feature my full dissertation about his impact on the civil rights movement(minus the introduction, because I can’t find it), as well as poems, quotes and videos from his famous fights.
Please use the categories to read the dissertation in full, as I will up load around 500 words of it every week. The title is: Muhammad Ali: From Sports icon to Political Leader : An assessment of Muhammad Ali’s role in the civil rights movement and his position as a symbol of black pride.
The first section looks at some of the attitudes towards black boxers, and throughout the essay you will hopefully see the Jump from Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, to Joe Louis, who was the second and then onto Ali. Just as the civil rights movement evolved little by little, so did ‘America’s tolerance of these black athletes, please click here for Chapter 1 part 1.