The Muhammad Ali National Diaries (2)
Brilliant red diaries for the years 1968 and 1969, they mirror the life of the man that is still “The Greatest.” Each is a sizable 13x8” and they total hundreds of pages in length. Inside there are a couple of hundred pages of vintage writings in Muhammad Ali’s own hand. A day-to-day historic reference of his appointments, lively notes, famous people’s phone numbers, and artistic drawings and doodles. There is National of Islam content (preaching, lecturing, visiting mosques), Marcus Garvey and other mention of famous people in and out of the boxing world, and this also doubles as an address book: Eartha Kitt, Ezzard Charles, Jim Jacobs, and Sidney Poitier. There are signatures of Ali, and many TV appearances (Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Brinkley, Joe Namath, David Frost). Interesting notation is for a mysterious meeting he is pressured into with Jackie Leonard with unusual “NO MONEY” (?). Finally, he is appearing at Kent State April 7, 1969, a year before the tragedy that put the Vietnam War in focus. Ironically, these books are from the era when Muhammad was barred from fighting for his refusal to serve in Vietnam.
Also: 1) Separate 2-sided handwritten note with several interesting racial quotations, which is in itself an excellent document. 2) 25x30” welcome poster from the City of Louisville, Kentucky with two affixed letters (from the Mayor and a judge) wishing him luck in Zaire against Foreman. One is vintage signed “Peace Muhammad Ali.”
The breakdown value of this collection is countless. Each page with his writing is in itself a work of art and tribute to this great man.