"To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will."
Sugar Ray Robinson was a six-time world champion, winning the Welterweight Title and then the Middleweight Title five times. During his 25 year career, he defeated many of the greatest boxing champions of his day, among them LaMotta, Kid Gavilan, Gene Fullmer, Carmen Basilio, Randolph Turpin, and Carl "BoBo" Olsen. He was famously a boxing legend. What’s lesser-known is that many of his fights and some of his greatest achievements actually happened outside of the ring.
Robinson was an entrepreneur at a time when that was unheard of and at a time when many African Americans were not even allowed to vote. He owned a Harlem nightclub where jazz legends like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis played and had always been supportive of Harlem's struggling jazz musicians. Often he would feed everybody in the band and if they were going on tour would pack sandwiches for them and slip them a couple of twenty-dollar bills. Some never forgot his kindness and when he was attempting after retirement to make a second career as an entertainer they were eager to include him in their tours, even though he wasn’t on their level musically. Through the support of those he supported, Robinson began a career in show business, singing and tap dancing just to become part of Count Basie's band.
The fearless Robinson was unquestionably one of the most admired African Americans of the 1950s, who dedicated his life in the ring to breaking records and his life outside the ring to breaking barriers by creating space and opportunity in which his community could not only feel safe but thrive.
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