Celebrate People's History: Muhammad Ali

Artwork
Identifier:
2020.23.12
Artist:
Colin Matthes
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
Date:
December 2004
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
Description:
A depiction of Muhammad Ali with his arms raised that are on either side of the image. Between his arms has his name and then the quote, “Why should I drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam white so-called negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?” —Muhammad Ali 1967. At the bottom of the image is the title Celebrate People's History.
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.