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    February 18, 2004
    Contact: Karen Brodsky, University Library, (707) 664-4240


Muhammad Ali's Main Bout With Black Economics and Vietnam is Subject of SSU Lecture

"Muhammad Ali's Main Bout: Black Economic Nationalism, the Vietnam War, and Professional Boxing" is the subject of a lecture by Michael Ezra, professor in the American Multicultural Center Studies, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in Room 3001 of the Sonoma State University library.

Ezra will chronicle Muhammad Ali's capture of economic control of his boxing career from his all-white management team. He will also explore the responses to this decision by various black and white newspapers and investigate how Ali's Vietnam draft resistance affected the business elements of his boxing career.

Ezra received a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Kansas and his areas of expertise include: African American History, African American Culture, Race Relations, 20th Century U.S. History, and Sports History and Culture.

He is currently working on a book that connects the career of Muhammad Ali to the politics and culture of the Civil Rights Movement.

The program is part of the Provost's Lecture Series. A daily parking permit ($2.50) is required M-TH 6 a.m. to10 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, except on holidays. Daily permits are not valid in reserved lots.

For further information, contact Karen Brodsky, University Library, at (707) 664-4240.


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