Extra History is an educational series of Extra Credits about historical moments. From the Punic Wars to the The Brothers Gracchi, the series has endless stories to tell.
We tend to think of sports as pure entertainment. Some people even get angry when politics makes its way into the conversation. But sports are played by people who live within systems and societies and nothing makes that clearer than the stories behind some of boxing's biggest names: Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and of course, Muhammad Ali. All three are legendary for their fights in the ring. But that's not where their struggles ended.