It was in this gym and the surrounding neighborhood with its vibrant mix of racial, political and cultural identities, some have argued, that Cassius Clay took his first crucial steps to becoming Muhammad Ali.
Black leather boxing headgear with yellow interior. Open face design with cheek protection and adjustable head and chin straps for customized fit. "EVERLAST" label on front.
White terry cloth Everlast robe worn by Muhammad Ali at the 5th Street Gym. Robe includes a terry cloth belt. On the front right panel, situated on the upper chest, is a label for the brand in worn black letters. [EVERLAST/MADE IN U. S. A./Made Expressly for MUHAMMED ALI]. On the back sewn in large black letters is Muhammad Ali's name [MUHAMMED/ALI].
A poster created by Amnesty International opposing the use of electric stun-belts in American prisons. A photo of Muhammad Ali appears with the statement "25 Times in His Career Muhammad Ali Fought For A Belt. Now He's Fighting Against One".
A pencil and ink sketch by Muhammad Ali of the courtroom in which he was tried and convicted for failing to report for military duty after being drafted. The scene is drawn in pencil then traced over and filled in with black ink. The judge sits at the bench in the top center of the scene, with the jury seated on the far left side and spectators along the entire bottom edge. Lawyers, defendants, and prosecutors sit at two tables in the center. A person sitting at the right table has a thought bubble coming from their head with what appears to be a burning building in the bubble. Muhammad Ali signed the drawing in the lower right above the crowd of spectators. The drawing is framed in a wooden frame painted gold that hangs with a single wire strung horizontally across the center of the reverse.
Dark red brown training boxing gloves worn by Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and signed in Louisville, as indicated by the penned note inside the left glove near the wrist. Gloves are edged in faded yellow fabric and tied with dark, faded strings. Stitching throughout the glove is in white thread. On the outside fronts of both gloves below the wrist are manufacturer's labels. [POST / MANUFACTURING CO. / NEW YORK]. Inside the left glove, near the wrist, is a note in faded red ink. [SIGNED BY / CASSIUS CLAY/ Louisville / 1960]. Inside the right glove, near the wrist, is a note in blue pen [From / Cassius Clay / 1960]. Gloves are well worn and wrinkled. The right glove has dark discolorations near the top of the glove on the right side.
A poem printed in black ink on goldenrod colored paper. In black text at the top of the page is the title and the author’s name. Below the title in the upper right corner are two quotes by Dudley Randall and Don L. Lee. In the center of the page is the poem. The poem begins “The one hand is your language. The other hand is your art...” At the bottom of the page at center is the copyright and publisher information. The back of the page is inscribed with numbers.
This poster features a prominent photographed of Muhammad Ali at its center. Above and below the portrait are three lines of very large lettering which read: [IT'S YOUR FIRGHT / VOTE / IT'S THE GREATEST EQUALIZER]. Beneath the third line of text are two lines of hand written lettering in capitalized green letters which read: [Hampton Voter Registration / Place: Mercury Mall Date: Sept. 25 12:00-5:00 pm]. Beneath the hand written text is a smaller line of printed black text which reads: [The Voter Education Project, 52 Fairlie St. N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404) 522-7495]. The poster is creased in a regular pattern that suggests it was once stored in a rolled position; the top third section of the poster's verso is browned darker than the bottom two-thirds.