Celebrating Sports Legends

October 5th 2016
NMBCCL Sports Exhibit

With the passing of the major sports legend Muhammad Ali on June 3, 2016, we decided to showcase significant African American athletes and their contributions to a variety of sports in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Bridgwaters Lounge exhibit. Ali became a professional boxer in 1960 and ended his career in 1981 with an impressive career record of 56 wins and 5 losses. Ali had an intense devotion toward the sport and refueled public interest in boxing with his life as a heavyweight boxing champion.

Other athletes in the exhibit excel in the sports of tennis, track and field, basketball, and baseball. The athletes included are Tommie Smith, Wilma Rudolph, Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Lisa Leslie, Arthur Ashe, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams. All of these people devoted their lives to sports and demonstrated their remarkable strength as athletes.

In the famous words of Muhammad Ali, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

   Muhammad Ali newspapers, photographs, and quotes   Wilma Rudolph Display


Hoffer, R. (2016, June 13). Muhammad Ali 1942—2016. (cover story). Sports Illustrated. p. 30.

Marks, H. S. (2016). Muhammad Ali. Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia.


Today's Hours

9:00am - 5:00pm All hours


  • Building Access Use entrance on west side of building (behind the Auditorium) with wheelchair accessible ramp. Library on first floor. Building Access
  • Media Showing RoomPortable viewing equipment available for showing library-owned media items for small groups. Media Showing Room
  • ScanningScanners located at workstations 2 and 9; those using scanners have priority when other workstations are available. Scanning
  • Reserve ServicesPrint and media reserves are located at the NMBCC Library Circulation Desk. Reserve Services
  • Food ServiceLounges with snack, coffee, and soda vending machines located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the building. Food Service
  • Group Study SpaceSmall Group Study Room and multiuse Exhibit Room may be reserved by emailing bcclib@indiana.edu. Collaborative Learning Center room available first-come, first-served for group study. Group Study Space
  • PrintingOne black & white printer with print release station. Printing
  • Computer Workstations9 workstations, 1 print release station, 2 flatbed scanners. Collaboration table with large screen monitor and capability to connect up to 4 laptops. Computer Workstations

Contact Info

Neal-Marshall Center A113
275 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-3237
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