On 10 October 1971, Muhammad Ali took to the stage in front of a full house at LSE’s Old Theatre. LSE’s Hayley Reed finds out more.

His trip to London was part of a European and the Middle Eastern boxing tour, but he spoke to the audience at LSE about boxing, Black Power and politics.

E0YXNT Oct. 10, 1971 - Muhammad Ali Speaks at the London School of Economics. Keystone Pictures USA / Alamy Stock Photo

E0YXNT Oct. 10, 1971 – Muhammad Ali Speaks at the London School of Economics. Credit: Keystone Pictures USA / Alamy Stock Photo

This issue of the Beaver, the LSE Students’ Union newspaper, is dated 28 October 1971 and features a review of the talk on the front and back pages. Back copies of the Beaver are available in LSE’s Digital Library.

Beaver 28 October 1971 p1

Beaver 28 October 1971 p1. Credit: LSE Digital Library

 

Beaver 28 October 1971 p12

Beaver 28 October 1971 p12. Credit: LSE Digital Library

 

Were you in the audience at the Old Theatre for Muhammad Ali’s visit? Did you produce this report for the Beaver? Or were you involved in LSE Festival ’71? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box below.

Contributed by Hayley Reed (LSE History blog)

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