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Talk | Parks X Ali: Black Athletes, the Media, and The Champ

This talk will take place as planned in Atkins Auditorium, and also will be livestreamed on Facebook. Tune into the Nelson-Atkins Facebook page at 6 p.m. to watch. It will be archived in our Facebook videos for future viewing, and at a later date we plan to upload it to the museum’s YouTube channel.
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Parks X Ali: Black Athletes, the Media, and “the Champ” in the 1960s

What did Muhammad Ali symbolize during his early, controversial career? How did the
mass media attempt to shape his public image, and how has this legacy informed the actions of contemporary black athletes? Join Curator April M. Watson for a lively conversation with Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the National Museum of African American History, and William Rhoden, former New York Times sports columnist and author, as they discuss these fascinating topics.

Image credit: Gordon Parks, American (1912–2006). Untitled (Champburger), Miami, Florida, 1970. Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, anonymous gift, 2019.14.12.