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The Life of Muhammad Ali

On the anniversary of Muhammad Ali's death, we remember how one of the greatest athletes of all time took a stand for civil rights and trailblazed for Muslim-Americans. 🦋🐝

Meet Muhammad Ali

Cassius was born in segregated Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942. He began to box at age 12, after reporting the theft of his bike to a police officer who happened to be a boxing trainer. At 18, Clay already had two national Golden Glove titles and on February 25, 1964, Clay achieved his dream of winning the Heavyweight title, after defeating Sonny Liston. But at the press conference the next morning, Clay stunned the world by announcing his conversion to Islam. He had developed a friendship with civil rights icon and Nation Of Islam leader Malcolm X. By March, Cassius Clay was Muhammad Ali.

After defending his title 8 times, Ali was drafted up to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, which he refused on religious grounds. Ali was fined sentenced to prison and banned from boxing for three years. He became a huge anti-war activist before his boxing license was reinstated in 1970.

In 1974, a 32-year-old Ali defeated the 25-year-old defending heavyweight George Foreman in one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, reclaiming his stripped title. He retired from boxing in 1981. In 1984, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome limiting his motor skills, movement, and speech. But he continued humanitarian advocacy, meeting with Saddam Hussein in 1990 to negotiate release of American hostages.

Ali was crowned Sportsman of the Century by the BBC in 1999, given the Philadelphia Liberty Medal. and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. He died on June 3, 2016, a sports legend and civil rights icon.

Brut.

06/03/2019 2:00 PM
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  • Adebayo A.
    06/03/2019 14:11

    What a great man. 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  • Brut
    06/03/2019 14:27

    For more on Muhammad Ali's legacy and why he is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time: http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/15907929/what-made-muhammad-ali-great

  • Asdrúbal J.
    06/03/2019 15:56

    Grande Ali, tanta falta que haces hoy para que realce la división peso pesado donde , actualmente, reina un "paquete".

  • Arnold F.
    06/03/2019 17:18

    I love mohammad Ali. RIP

  • Jon M.
    06/03/2019 18:12

    Many may profess to be great but Ali was and is still, the greatest.

  • Imtiyaz A.
    06/03/2019 18:30

    Really great personality. 💪💪💪❤️❤️❤️👍👍

  • Kba M.
    06/03/2019 22:50

    The greatest role model ever

  • Joe G.
    06/03/2019 23:23

    Loud mouth Muslim Coward

  • Shawn T.
    06/03/2019 23:40

    Great fighter but a draft dodger

  • Charles M.
    06/04/2019 00:50

    Free mason

  • Abed H.
    06/04/2019 00:56

    He is a truly great man

  • Ali H.
    06/04/2019 01:21

    Allah forgive His sins

  • Danny K.
    06/04/2019 01:52

    Was the biggest coward on the planet like what this country gave him but wouldnt stand up for it

  • Abdus S.
    06/04/2019 02:45

    The greatest of the greatest!

  • Hani B.
    06/04/2019 04:21

    Great person strong personality ❤️

  • Joe G.
    06/04/2019 09:43

    Loud mouth Muslim Coward

  • Carlos M.
    06/04/2019 13:38

    Allah is where he is. I dont know Allah. I know the one true God. Jesus says He is of the Father. He is in me and i in Him we are one. Allah is not the true God then.

  • Muhammad I.
    06/04/2019 15:44

    Mars e Momin

  • Mike L.
    06/04/2019 17:20

    The Muslim was to keep from serving in our Armed Forces

  • Taylor H.
    06/04/2019 17:39

    I can’t float like a butterfly or sting like a bee but at least I’m not a draft dodger like Muhammad Ali