QUOTE (wolterb @ Jan 29 2012, 06:20 PM)
there is pure gold in boxing history!
Harvard University, just a few years after the Civil War, hired a Black boxer and gym owner named Aaron Hewlett to teach "Physical Culture". The decision to create a class on physicality and physical defense developed during the mid-19th century. A popular attitude existed claiming modern society created effeminate white men.
The main point of this story? Well, besides a black man being hired at the country's most prestigious university just after the Civil War...Aaron Hewlett's middle name was Molineaux.
George Dixon is another boxer with a great historical backdrop.
In Fredericks Douglas's autobiography he talked about being a boxer. Crazy right? Harvard has always been progressive. I think WEB Debois studied there....