Rumble in the Jungle

Rumble in the Jungle (in progress)

130” x 63”
Archival print

Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman for the Heavyweight Title at the Stade de 20 Mai, Kinshasha, Zaire on October 30, 1974. As Lewis A. Erenberg eloquently describes the event in his article Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman in the Age of Global Spectacle,1 “Beamed across the world via satellite, the bout was a global spectacle of Black Power and Black Nationalism. Ali was a pan-African star whose Islamic religion and opposition to the Vietnam War made him a global champion in an era of colonial rebellion. The bout also dramatized the crumbling civil rights consensus in the black community, as Ali embodied Black Nationalism and sixties rebellion, while Foreman defended the establishment and liberal civil rights. His flag-waving gesture during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, made him a patriotic counter to black rebels in sport and a rescuer of an American belief in its national exceptionalism. Pan-African star Ali took advantage of the African setting to win over the African masses, who rooted for him as an anti-colonial hero.”

Created from hundreds of stills primarily from the satellight broadcoast of the event.

1 Journal of Sport History Volume 39, Number 1, Spring 2012 pp. 81-97