Abdul-Jabbar, Brown, Russell to receive award
Sports Illustrated magazine has chosen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell to receive its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for their athletic careers and social activism.
The Hall-of-Fame trio led notable African-American athletes in support of the late heavyweight great and Louisville native at the so-called “Ali Summit” in Cleveland in 1967. Ali fought induction into the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.
Abdul-Jabbar and Brown were among celebrities and dignitaries at Ali’s memorial service following his death in June at age 74.