The Life and Times of Muhammad Ali: Athlete and Black Prophet? – A Talk by Dr. Vernon Kobrinsky
Has Muhammad Ali earned a prophetic stature in the historic and current social activism of great Black athletes?
Shortly following the death of Muhammad Ali a man maintained in interview that he was one of many people who regard him as a Black Prophet. Why Ali? Who/what are prophets? Here are some thoughts.
VSHJ member Dr. Vernon Kobrinsky (Ph.D., UBC, 1973), an Associate Professor Emeritus, taught social anthropology at U. of Calgary. He has done ethnographic field studies with B.C. first nations, publishing perspectives on their social transformations and continuity through the period of early colonial contact: on kinship and clanship, symbolic and intellectual culture, etc. He has also written on a broad range of other topics including food symbolism, symbolic aspects of alternative diagnostic systems (e.g. Iridology), and post WWII pop dance trends (“Please Don’t Step on My Blue Suede Shoes”).
When: Saturday, January 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street
Refreshments will be served.
Everyone is welcome.