40 Rare Muhammad Ali photographs

Muhammad Ali isn’t only the greatest boxer of all times, but also a great philanthropist, activist, father and many other things. His inspirational and, as said by some, controversial figure left an inspirational and motivational energy of hope to this world for many human generations to come. I couldn’t stay silently when I read that he passed away. Here are some rare Muhammad Ali photographs I found.

Muhammad Ali spends some quality time with his daughter Maryum in 1974. (Leroy Patton/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali is photographed carrying then wife Sonji Clay over the threshold after their marriage. (Isaac Sutton/EBONY Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali is pictured with wife Veronica Porsche Ali and daughter Hana Ali in 1977 touring their farm in Berrien Spring, Michigan. (Ozier Muhammad/Ebony Collection)

 

World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is photographed with first wife Sonji Roi in August of 1964. (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection)

 

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is photographed next to a boulder paying tribute to legendary boxer Jack Johnson at his Deer Lake, PA training camp in July of 1974. (Leroy Patton/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali hams it up on stage with track star Althea Gibson during a press party television special in July, 1975. (Robert Lucas/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali is photographed with Omar Bongo (formely known as Albert Bongo) the President of Gabon, and his son Alain at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on October 21, 1977. (Moneta Sleet,Jr./Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali appears with civil rights activists Ralph Abernathy and Coretta Scott King in this undated photo. (Robert Johnson/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali shows guests, including Sugar Ray Robinson, a magic trick during an outdoor party at the Los Angeles home of trainer Drew Bundini Brown in 1981. (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali and prolific writer Alex Haley appear at Ali's Semi-Open House in June of 1979 at his Freemont Park, CA estate. Guests attended the fundraising soiree before heading to an NAACP Legal Defense Fund buffet dinner and play. All the proceeds from Ali's event went to the NAACP. (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection)

 

Boxing great Muhammad Ali walks down a main street in Frankfurt, Germany with boxing promoter and cornerman Angelo Dundee in September of 1966, while a local newsman attempts to get an interview with the prized fighter. (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection)

 

Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali tries a hook shot during a game of basketball at his Deer Lake, PA training camp in July of 1978. (Vandell Cobb/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali is pictured chopping wood 1974. (Leroy Patton/Ebony Collection)

 

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is photographed taking time away from the ring to delight in cuddling and playing with daughter, baby Hana. (Orizer Muhammad/EBONY Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali is pictured attending a social event at Bitter End Cafe in Greenwich Village, New York. (G. Marshall Wilson/ EBONY Collection)

 

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is photographed with basketball player Elgin Baylor, boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson, and football star O. J. Simpson in January of 1971. (Leroy Patton/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali engages in friendly banter with football star O.J. Simpson in January of 1971. (Leroy Patton/Ebony Collection)

 

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is photographed demonstrating his signature fighting stance at his Deer Lake, PA training camp in July of 1974. (Leroy Patton/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali is photographed with fellow boxer Ken Norton during the time of their anticipated fight in March of 1973. (Theodore Williams/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali is photographed with Howard Cosell backstage before "The Muhammad Ali Variety Special" in July of 1975. (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier battle it out in the ring during their historic "Fight of the Year" on March 8, 1971 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The outcome resulted in Ali's first professional defeat, a close 15-round decision to Frazier. (Moneta Sleet, Jr./Ebony Collection)

 

Muhammad Ali receives a friendly jab from music sensation Stevie Wonder during Ali's television show taping in 1975. (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection)

 

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali has tape removed from his hands by Wali Youngblood Muhammad, Soria Brown, and his trainer Drew Bundini Brown in July of 1978 after a session on the heavy bag. Ali retreated to his Deer Lake, PA training camp in preparation for his impending fight against Leon Spinks on September 15, 1978. (Vandell Cobb/Ebony Collection)

 

Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is photographed at his Deer Lake, PA training camp in June of 1974. (Leroy Patton/Ebony Collection)

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UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 03: Photo of Sam Cooke. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Muhammad Ali in action after first round knockout of Sonny Liston at St. Dominic's Arena, Lewiston, ME May 25, 1965.

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Every photo in here has a story behind it. This one strikes me most. As a kid, Muhammad Ali saw his favourite boxer and asked him for an autograph. But the man refused the boy saying something like “I’m busy”. I can only imagine how upset he was at the time. When Ali became successful and famous, he never…NEVER refused fans to take his autographs. He even spent time sending autographs by mail to anyone who asked for it. This rare Muhammad Ali photograph with girl fans greatly illustrates the legend’s opinion towards autographs.

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Muhammad Ali’s figure will never be forgotten, I wish I could be as great as he was in life at least in one I do now.

For stories behind each photo and image sources visit Photographs of Muhammad Ali from Ebony Magazine and 14 Astonishing Things You May Not Know About Muhammad Ali. For Muhammad Ali’s greatest inspirational quotes of all time read this Entrepreneur.com article.

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