Muhammad Ali with Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, his mother Odessa Clay and a crowd of fans at his home in Miami on February 28, just 3 days after winning his first Heavyweight title vs Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964.
Malcolm X looks on as Muhammad Ali signs autographs
outside the Trans-Lux Newsreel Theater in New York City on March 1, 1964.
They had just watched a screening of Ali’s title fight with Sonny Liston. Inspired by Malcolm X, Ali had converted to Islam but he kept his new faith a secret until after he won the heavyweight championship on February 25, 1964.
Athlete: Maica Garcia Team: Spain National Team Sport: Water Polo Competition: 2009 World Aquatics Championships Opponent: Heather Petri, US National Team Result: L, 9-6 Location: Foro Italico - Rome, Lazio, Italy Date: 27-Jul-2009
An agile young man demonstrates his handstand balancing skills for his girlfriend (who’s just off camera) on a rock wall along the path to the Happy Isles Bridge on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California.
Major League Baseball, the sport of Jackie Robinson and long ago a touchstone of civil rights, saw its first athlete join the movement started by Colin Kaepernick and inflamed this weekend by President Trump.
Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who hinted at such an action earlier in the day, knelt during the national anthem before Saturday night’s game against the Texas Rangers.
Maxwell, a 26-year-old catcher from Alabama, tweeted Saturday that in the wake of President Trump’s comments Saturday night to “fire the sons of (expletives)” in the NFL who kneeled for the anthem, that “This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for Their rights!”
A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell is the 1st MLB player to kneel for the national anthem. 👏
“My advice always to brother Cassius is that he never do anything that will in any way tarnish or take away from his image as the Heavyweight Champion of the world, because I frankly believe that Cassius is in a better position than anyone else to restore a sense of racial pride to not only our people in this country but all over the world. He is trying his best to live a clean life and project a clean image, but despite this you’ll find the press is constantly trying to paint him as something other than what he actually is. He doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t drink; in fact if he was white they’d be referring to him as the All-American Boy, like they used to refer to Jack Armstrong.”