12 November 2012

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay Jr. in 1942, is best known for prizefighting. He won the Golden Gloves and the light-heavyweight championship at the 1960 Olympics. Then he turned professional and won the heavyweight title in 1964. When he became a "Black Muslim" and a conscientious objector (refused to serve in the United States Army) he was stripped of his title. However, he came back to regain the championship in 1974. He lost it in 1978, but regained it later that year before retiring. To view his official professional boxing record click here: ALI STATS.

A quote from the official Muhammad Ali website:
"His early relationship with the Nation of Islam and his insistence on being called Muhammad Ali instead of his 'slave name,' Cassius Clay, heralded a new era in black pride." Muhammad Ali was named Cassius Clay after his father, and his father was named Cassius Clay after the 19th century abolitionist and politician (1810-1903).

He has participated in many humanitarian efforts.
"For his humanitarian efforts, Muhammad has been the recipient of countless awards. His recognitions include:
• United Nations Messenger of Peace in 1998-2008, for his work with developing nations
• Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the United States of America's highest civil award
• Amnesty International's Lifetime Achievement Award
• Germany's 2005 Otto Hahn Peace Medal, for his involvement in the U.S. civil rights movement and the United Nations
• International Ambassador of Jubilee 2000, a global organization dedicated to relieving debt in developing nations
• State of Kentucky's "Kentuckian of the Century"
• The Advertising Club of Louisville's "Louisvillian of the Century"

Other honors include an Essence Award, an XNBA Human Spirit Award and recognition from the National Urban League; 100 Black Men; Givat Haviva; the Oleander Foundation; The National Conference of Christians and Jews; TIME magazine and many others." -http://ali.com/legend_man_humanitarian.php

Famous M. Ali quotes about racism:
"Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong."
"I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin' hell, but as long as they ain't free, I ain't free."
"No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder, kill, and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people the world over. This is the day and age when such evil injustice must come to an end."
"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?"

"Ali’s publically pronounced leadership and his unflinching public remarks clarified the linkage between racism and militarism, a message which was eventually echoed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in later speeches such as King’s “Riverside Church” speech and his “Declaration of Independence from the War in Vietnam”. Also Ali’s unapologetically brash style of public speaking shared the sense of confidence and humor that is found in the speeches of Malcolm X" -Communication Currents

He has appeared in several motion pictures.

From ali.com: "Muhammad Ali remains active in civic and humanitarian enterprises. His annual Celebrity Fight Night has raised over $45 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as large sums for other charities."

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