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In 1968, the great Muhammad Ali was in the midst of his three-year long suspension from sanctioned boxing. While unable to fight, the indomitable heavyweight kept this diary, which chronicles his eventful 1968. During the year, as he could not fight, Ali earned money by traveling around the country speaking at college campuses. He notes many of these engagements in this diary, including those he cancelled the week Martin Luther King was tragically assassinated in Memphis. There are many other references in this diary to Ali’s involvement in the Civil Rights struggle, including references to meetings with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Lonnie Shabazz, A.D. King, and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).
This diary is filled with over 1,800 words penned in Ali’s hand, as well as other writing, possibly by his wife Belinda Ali. There are 368 pages in this book, although the pages for January 23-24, September 17-18, and December 10-11 are missing. Many sheets are loose, but the writing and diary are otherwise in good condition. Ali signed this book twice, including on the cover page and on the March 13th page. This item comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (Y01865).
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