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Steve Huntley

lawyer, presidential adviser, and boxing promoter, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the eldest of the three children of the insurance executive Truman K. Gibson Sr. and Alberta Dickerson Gibson, a school teacher. The family first moved to Columbus, Ohio, to escape the menacing racial environment of the South, and then in 1929 they moved to Chicago so that Gibson Sr. could pursue his business interests. There Truman K. Gibson Jr. enrolled at the University of Chicago. While an undergraduate he worked as a researcher for Harold Gosnell, helping Gosnell gather information for his book Negro Politicians: The Rise of Negro Politics in Chicago (1935).

After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1935 Gibson was recruited to join the legal team representing the real estate broker Carl Hansberry who was challenging a restrictive racial real estate covenant that prohibited African ...

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Sholomo B. Levy

boxing promoter, was born Donald King in Cleveland, Ohio, the fifth of seven children of Clarence King, a steelworker, and Hattie King. When Donald was nine years old, his father was killed in an explosion at the steel plant where he worked. His mother baked pies and roasted peanuts to supplement the family's meager income. Donald and his siblings assisted their mother by, among other things, inserting slips of paper with “lucky numbers” into each bag of peanuts like fortune cookies. Thus began his introduction as a minor player in the numbers racket, which operated in many impoverished neighborhoods as a quasi-legitimate part of the underground black economy. After class at Lafayette Elementary School, Donald also delivered live poultry to be slaughtered at Hymie's Chicken Shack.As a student athlete at John Adams High School Donald standing six feet three inches had a brief and unimpressive career ...

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boxing promoter, was one of five children of John L. Lewis, a car salesman. Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Lewis split time between there and a North Philadelphia housing project, and was raised partially by his maternal grandmother, Margaret Brison Corsey, until he was seventeen. After graduating from high school, Lewis hustled jewelry and played poker for money; he also worked menial jobs at the Scott Paper Company and General Motors. Though he had worked part‐time for his father before, Lewis initially balked at becoming a full‐time employee; but with a new wife, he started back at his father's used car dealership outside Chester, Pennsylvania

Lewis's entry to the boxing world came through his father, who, in 1965, helped form Cloverlay Inc., the management company that backed the Philadelphia heavyweight, Joe Frazier; the younger Lewis soon became a sometime road companion for Frazier. In 1975 a ...