Oh consciousness, where have you gone?
Forty-five years ago today in an office in Cleveland, Ohio, twelve of the top African-American athletes met with world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to discuss his refusal to enter the U.S. Army. Among those athletes were Jim Brown, Bill Russell Lew Alcindor and John Wooten.
On June 4, 1967, the most important assembly of African-American athletes in history took place in Cleveland Ohio. Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor (UCLA), Bill Russell (Boston Celtics), Willie Davis (Green Bay Packers), Bobby Mitchell (Washington Redskins), Sid Williams (Browns), Jim Shorter (Redskins), Walter Beach (Browns), John Wooten (Browns), Curtis McClinton (Kansas City Chiefs) and attorney Carl Stokes congregated in the Negro Industrial Economic Union to meet with heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to discuss his recent refusal for induction into the U.S. Army.
Despite the mutual respect among the group, there were some tense moments as they sought sincerity in Ali because in their support of him they were facing possible backlash. After their inquiry of the champion, Ali’s commitment to his cause were enough to earn the backing of his fellow brethren.
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