A Historic Moment
One of the lasting results of the January 24, 2017, town hall event is an iconic image of the panelists, which was staged as a recreation of a historic 1967 image of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, and a number of other athlete-activists who had come together in support of Muhammad Ali. It was important to document the dialogue that took place at San Jose State to reference the legacy of social justice in sport. This image is now housed in the Dr. Harry Edwards Collection at San Jose State’s Special Collections and Archives in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.
Top: Former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown presides over a meeting of top African-American athletes on June 4, 1967, to show support for boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam. Those present are: (front row) Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; (back row) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter and John Wooten. Photo: Bettmann/Bettmann collection/Getty Images
Bottom: Taken at the January 24, 2017, town hall. Those present are: (front row) Chris Webber, Tommie Smith, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; (back row) Keena Turner, Harry Edwards, Takeo Spikes, Anquan Boldin.