When the Black Superman came to Jamaica - Muhammad Ali’s visit – December 1974
As 2020 winds down, we take a walk down the lanes of history. World heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali visited Jamaica in December 1974 at the invitation of Prime Minister Michael Manley. His four-day visit was considered to be a spectacular affair.
He was presented with the symbolic key to the City of Kingston by Mayor Ralph Brown at a mass rally attended by more than 20,000 people at the National Stadium on December 29.
In acknowledging the honour conferred on him, the “People’s Champion”, as he is commonly called, Ali said: “With you all behind me there is not a man in the world that can whip me.”
Ali expressed his desire to buy a home in Jamaica.
Manley described Ali as “a symbol of courage – a man who has climbed the mountaintop and stretched out a helping hand to suffering people of this earth”. Ali was also given a reception by Manley at Jamaica House. He also paid a courtesy call to Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole at King’s House.
We showcase some images of his visit to the island.
- Information and photographs compiled by Sheree Rhoden, information systems manager, The Gleaner Company (Media) Ltd. The Gleaner Library is a rich repository of archival material – newspaper clippings, articles, photographs, cartoons. To purchase the featured photographs or other archival materials, please contact us at 876-932-6231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org