Assistant Professor John Smith teaches Boxing, Race and American Culture each semester and is an expert on the life of Muhammad Ali. He's also the co-author of a book that examines the relationship between the champ and civil rights leader Malcolm X.
Smith and his co-writer penned an op-ed about how the Olympics helped shape Ali. Read it here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-the-olympics-shaped-muhammad-ali-1465163497
Smith's book is Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.