Muhammad Ali and the Olympics
Lady Bird Johnson: Sports and Popular Culture
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: Three to four class periods
The year was 1960; the place, Rome, Italy. Muhammad Ali won the Olympic gold medal in lightweight boxing. While Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson were unknowingly preparing for Presidency, Muhammad Ali was a rising star in the boxing world. This lesson places students in the United States in 1960 using photographs of Muhammad Ali taken at the time. Students will compose newspaper articles about the photographs using their imagination to generate the story. The best article of each student will be compiled into a class newspaper from 1960.