Saturday, June 4, 2016

R.I.P Muhammad Ali! Here Are 24 Rare Candid Photographs of Muhammad Ali from Ebony Magazine You've Probably Never Seen Before

Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose record-setting boxing career, unprecedented flair for showmanship, and controversial stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, died on Friday aged 74.

For decades, Ebony Magazine photographers were allowed exclusive access to record the most personal moments of some of the most important black athletes of all time.

You have seen these men in action on the field, court or canvas, but here you see them relaxing in their living rooms, kitchens or back yards.

Here's a gallery of 24 rarely seen images from Ebony Magazines "Ebony Collection" of Muhammad Ali from the 1970s.

1. Muhammad Ali and Maryum Ali, 1974.

Muhammad Ali spends some quality time with his daughter Maryum in 1974.

2. Muhammad Ali and Sonji Clay, 1967.

Muhammad Ali is photographed carrying then wife, Sonji Clay, over the threshold after their wedding.

3. Muhammad Ali and Family, 1977.

Muhammad Ali is pictured with wife Veronica Porsche Ali and daughter Hana Ali in 1977 while touring their farm in Berrien Spring, Michigan.

4. Muhammad Ali with Wife Sonji Roi, August 1964.

World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is photographed with first wife Sonji Roi in August of 1964.

5. Muhammad Ali, Training Camp, July 1974.

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.

6. Muhammad Ali, Althea Gibson, July, 1975

Muhammad Ali hams it up on stage with tennis star Althea Gibson during a press party television special in July, 1975.

7. Muhammad Ali, October 21, 1977.

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.

8. Muhammad Ali with Ralph Abernathy and Coretta Scott King.

Muhammad Ali appears with civil rights activists Ralph Abernathy and Coretta Scott King.

9. Muhammad Ali Performs a Magic Trick, 1981.

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.

10. Muhammad Ali and Alex Haley, 1979.

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.

11. Angelo Dundee and Muhammad Ali, 1966.

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.

12. Muhammad Ali , Training Camp, July of 1978.

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.

13. Muhammad Ali, 1974.

Muhammad Ali is pictured chopping wood in 1974.

14. Muhammad Ali, 1977.

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

15. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is pictured attending a social event at Bitter End Cafe in Greenwich Village, New York.

16. Muhammad Ali and Famous Athletes, January 1971.

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.

17. Muhammad Ali with Football Star O.J. Simpson, January 1971.

Muhammad Ali engages in friendly banter with football star O.J. Simpson in January of 1971.

18. Muhammad Ali, Training Camp, July 1974.

Boxing great Muhammad Ali is photographed demonstrating his signature fighting stance at his Deer Lake, PA training camp in July of 1974.

19. Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton, March of 1973.

Muhammad Ali is photographed with fellow boxer Ken Norton during the time of their anticipated fight in March of 1973.

20. Muhammad Ali with Howard Cosell Backstage, July of 1975.

Muhammad Ali is photographed with Howard Cosell backstage before "The Muhammad Ali Variety Special" in July of 1975.

21. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, "Fight of the Year", March 8, 1971.

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.

22. Muhammad Ali and Stevie Wonder - 1975.

Muhammad Ali receives a friendly jab from music sensation Stevie Wonder during Ali's television show taping in 1975.

23. Muhammad Ali and Drew Bundini Brown, 1978.

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.

24. Muhammad Ali, Training Camp, July 1974.

Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is photographed at his Deer Lake, PA training camp in June of 1974.

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