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Society of Fellows Member Reception


Society of Fellows members are invited to a reception in Noguchi Court after the public program: Parks X Ali: Black Athletes, the Media, and “the Champ” in the 1960s.

This is your opportunity to talk with April M. Watson, Curator, Photography at the Nelson-Atkins, Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the National Museum of African American History, and William Rhoden, former New York Times sports columnist and author following their panel discussion. Their talk will focus on what Muhammad Ali symbolized during his early career, how mass media attempted to shape his image, and how his legacy informed actions of contemporary black athletes.

For more information about the exhibition Gordon Parks X Muhammad Ali The Image of a Champion, 1966 | 1970, which their discussion surrounds, click here.

We hope you will join us after to continue the conversation.

Image: 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.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM