Muhammad Ali – 1942-2016

Muhammad Ali passed away late Friday night, June 3, at the age of 74 after complications from a respiratory condition he had been receiving treatment for in a Phoenix hospital. I’m not a journalist, and I never saw Muhammad Ali fight – I’m too young – so I’m not going to try to sum up his life for you in this blog post. Besides, there are a myriad of news and sports agencies that have written articles summing up his life and what he has meant to the world of sports and the world at large.

What I want to share with you is what the library has that can help you find out more about who Muhammad Ali was. If you really want to know about “The Greatest,” you’ll need to go beyond all of the synopses you’ve been seeing the past couple of days. In my opinion, the influence Muhammad Ali had on this world deserves more than that and I hope you’ll take the time to look at some of the materials the library has that can take you into his life and into the time period in which he lived and show all of the people he influenced.

Because whether you like Ali or not, whether or not you agree with what he stood for, and whether or not you think he really was the greatest, or just someone who couldn’t keep his mouth shut, he definitely influenced millions of people in this nation and around the world.

Here’s a taste of what the library has that will help you find out more about Muhammad Ali:

Biographies:
Muhammad Ali the Glory YearsMuhammad Ali: The Glory Years by Felix Dennis

 

 

 

 

The Soul of a ButterflyThe Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey by Muhammad Ali

 

 

 

 

Running with the ChampRunning with the Champ: My Forty Year Friendship with Muhammad Ali by Tim Shanahan

 

 

 

 

Approaching AliApproaching Ali: A Reclamation in Three Acts by David Miller

 

 

 

 

The Muhammad Ali ReaderThe Muhammad Ali Reader

 

 

 

 

I am AliI Am Ali – Documentary DVD

 

 

 

 

a.k.a. cassius clayA.k.a. Cassius Clay – Documentary DVD

 

 

 

 

In their own words muhammad aliIn Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali – Documentary DVD

 

 

 

 

 

Sports/Boxing:

the fight of the century ali vs frazierThe Fight of the Century: Ali vs Frazier March 8, 1971 by Michael Arkush

 

 

 

 

facing aliFacing Ali: The Opposition Weights in by Stephen Brunt

 

 

 

 

the phantom punchThe Phantom Punch: The Story Behind Boxing’s Most Controversial Bout by Rob Sneddon

 

 

 

 

my view from the cornerMy View From the Corner: A Life in Boxing by Angelo Dundee (Ali’s Trainer)

 

 

 

 

when we were kingsWhen We Were Kings: The Untold Story of the Rumble in the Jungle – Documentary DVD

 

 

 

 

muhammad and larryMuhammad and Larry – Documentary DVD

 

 

 

 

Ali in ActionAli in Action – The Man, the Moves, the Mouth – Documentary DVD

 

 

 

 

 

Social Issues:

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight bookMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay vs the United States of America by Howard L. Bingham

 

 

 

 

Blood BrothersBlood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts

 

 

 

 

This is Where i came inThis is Where I Came in: Black America in the 1960s by Gerald Lyn Early

 

 

 

 

The 100 greatest Americans of the 20th centuryThe 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame by Peter Dreier

 

 

 

 

The Trials of Muhammad AliThe Trials of Muhammad Ali – Documentary DVD

 

 

 

 

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight DVDMuhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight – Documentary DVD

I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.