Ali portray an apt tribute to
little-known San Jose historical past

Re: “Price of Ali portray might sting like a bee” (Web page B1, June 10):

After all Santa Clara County can buy the portray of an 18-year-old Muhammad Ali.

San Jose State, Santa Clara College and Olympic boxing coach Julius Menendez introduced Ali and his Olympic teammates to campus to coach within the months previous the 1960 Olympic Video games. In hopes of creating Ali — then Cassius Clay — comfy throughout his keep in San Jose, Menendez secured Cass Jackson as an escort. (Jackson’s household was one of many few black households within the metropolis at the moment.)

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SJSU considerably celebrated its athletic historical past in “The Energy of Protest” exhibit final fall. I say “considerably” as a result of the exhibition on show in Particular Collections failed to say Menendez although he lead the Spartans to NCAA titles in 1958, 1959 and 1960, and twice served as an Olympic coach.

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I believe the portray would function a pleasant tribute to that piece of little-known historical past. Thanks, Supervisor Cindy Chavez.

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Urla Hill
San Jose

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