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Muhammad Ali, Barred From Boxing In 1969, Stars In Broadway Musical To Make Money (Did You Know?)

Did you know that... In 1969, thanks to being barred from boxing, and swimming in debt (legal fees, family support), Muhammad Ali toured the college lecture circuit to earn money, and, most interestingly, even starred in the Broadway musical titled Buck White. That's him in the photo from the musical above, at the center. The show, written and directed by Oscar Brown Jr (one of the first Broadway productions by a black man, by the way), was a musical adaptation of Joseph Dolan Tuotti’s play Big Time Buck White, and centered on a militant black lecturer who addresses a meeting organized by a black political group. Apparently it wasn't much of a...

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