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Muhammad Ali



Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr, 1942–2016) was an American boxer, Olympic gold medalist, and three-time heavyweight champion of the world who became an international focal point in the 1960s amid tensions over racial injustices and the war in Vietnam. Stripped of his title in 1967 for refusing induction into the US armed services, Ali was only allowed to resume boxing following a 1971 US Supreme Court decision in his favor. During his career and well into his retirement, Ali was a prominent advocate of peace, understanding, and social justice.

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Muhammad Ali—Dropping Knowledge (1974)

Muhammad Ali speaks with David Frost in this 1974 interview.

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The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey

Former boxing legend Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known and best-loved celebrities and an international good-will ambassador, offers inspiration and hope as he describes the spiritual philosophy that sustains him. “During my boxing career, you did not see the real Muhammad Ali.

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Muhammad Ali and the Complexity of Black Identity

More than any athlete of his time, Ali challenged the nation’s limiting notions of black identity.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIt isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down. It’s the pebble in your shoe.

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Nikki Giovanni Interviews Muhammad Ali

A real educational and heart felt talk between two deep thinkers.

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King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

On the night in 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much.

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Muhammad Ali: Social Justice and Civil Rights Icon

Muhammad Ali’s advocacy for racial justice began with his awareness and experience of racism and white supremacy in Louisville, Kentucky. His dedication to his boxing career was accompanied by his profound conviction that he had a greater purpose.

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NBC News—Muhammad Ali on Not Going to War

Muhammad Ali addresses students about his decision to refuse induction into the United States armed forces.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses the Importance of Athletes Using Their Voices | The Arena

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares how he first became a social activist during the historic Cleveland Summit and the importance of today’s generation of athletes to continue bringing issues of social injustice to the forefront.

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Black History: Athletes Who Stood Up for Social Justice | USA TODAY

Black athletes like Jim Brown, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and Colin Kaepernick are connected through America’s sports history.

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