Posts tagged "boxing"

I thought I’d share one more picture from this extraordinary collection that will soon be featured in an exhibition in London. I think some of these fabulous vintage Black people, like boxing champion Peter Jackson, are worthy of their own movie. Where are you Idris Elba? Jamie Foxx? From The Guardian:

"Peter Jackson, December 2, 1889. Born in 1860 in St Croix, then the Danish West Indies, Jackson was a boxing champion who spent long periods of time touring Europe. In England, he staged the famous fight against Jem Smith at the Pelican Club in 1889. In 1888 he claimed the title of Australian heavyweight champion. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989) is welcomed home from London on August 1, 1951 by his wife Edna Mae (1915-2002) and his sister Evelyn Robinson Nelson (1919-2009). Mr. Robinson was returning home after a loss to British champion Randy Turpin. He told reporters upon arrival, “It’ll be a different story when I fight Randy Turpin again next month.” He won the rematch against Mr. Turpin just one month later in New York City. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

Jackie Robinson and Joe Louis compare notes, and the tools of their respective trades, on June 14, 1946 during Mr. Robinson’s visit to Mr. Louis’s training camp in Pompton Lake, New Jersey. It was 66 years ago today, on April 15, 1947, that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.

Happy 71st Birthday to Muhammad Ali! The Greatest and, quite possibly, The Handsomest of All Time, was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky. This photo of Mr. Ali was taken in 1966 in London, where he was training for his upcoming fight with British champion Henry Cooper. Photo: Keystone-France/Getty.

Muhammad Ali and James Earl Jones after a performance of The Great White Hope in 1968. I wish I had found this picture for our Vintage Black Glamour Birthday party yesterday (Jan 17th!) Photo by Bob Gomel/Timepix.

Muhammad Ali and James Earl Jones after a performance of The Great White Hope in 1968. I wish I had found this picture for our Vintage Black Glamour Birthday party yesterday (Jan 17th!) Photo by Bob Gomel/Timepix.

Happy 70th Birthday to The Greatest of All Time! And quite possibly, The Handsomest: Muhammad Ali.

Happy 70th Birthday to The Greatest of All Time! And quite possibly, The Handsomest: Muhammad Ali.

Boxing legend Joe Frazier with the gold medal he earned at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in October 1964. Rest in peace Mr. Frazier. 

Boxing legend Joe Frazier with the gold medal he earned at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in October 1964. Rest in peace Mr. Frazier