Interview with Muhammad Ali

Studs & the Greatest Boxer in the World

Studs Terkel was a champion of a working folk and icons alike, and sometimes, he even managed to bring the two together. In this 1975 interview with Muhammad Ali, Studs asks him about how racism can be defeated by the power of outsiders coming to work together.

Muhammad Ali also reads excerpts from his book – The Greatest: My Own Story (with Richard Durham) – and discusses his life, touching on his childhood in Louisville, not being served at a restaurant in his hometown after winning the 1960 Olympic gold medal, why people root for and against him, and fighting for what you believe.


Photo credit: By Ira Rosenberg – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3c15435.