Lew Alcindor


In the wake of her recent basketball-inspired group exhibition “Transition Game” curator Fabienne Stephan interviews legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr. to reflect on the moment of icon and action through the lens

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On June 4, 1967 at 105-15 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, a collection of some of the top black athletes in the country met with – and eventually held a news conference in support of – world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (front row, second from left), about Ali’s refusal to be drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967.

Front row; Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Back row; Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten.