Muhammad Ali Breaking Barriers


With the passing of ONE of the greatest boxers of our time. I declare that we give him a moment of silence. On June 3, 2016 the world’s news sources had some very sad news to tell us the population. The news that Muhammad Ali at the ripe age of 72 has has passed. This put the world community especially the twitter  in an uproar.  Today we are going to explore more of who he was outside the ring, and life after boxing. plus what led to his demise. But now lets go to twitter where they are morning his passing as a world event.

The 6O’S

So who was Muhammad Ali really?  We all know that he was a renowned boxer but he was so much more than that he was a hero a legend a real leader.  In the 1960s he went to the Olympics and won a gold medal.

Interestingly enough when he won the gold medal he felt pride in america.  When he went back to his home state of Kentucky. He did something that at the time was not allowed due to the jim crow laws. What he did was he went to downtown Louisville (which was considered the white part of town) and something he could have been arrested for.  He was feeling all pumped that he just fought for this country and brought back a shiny new gold medal.  Judging that he did all this for our country you would thing that he is a least entitled to some food right? Noo the server  said “we don’t serve negroes”.  He progressively replied with “i don’t eat them either just give me a cup of coffee  and a hamburger.”  Ali always had a way with words on and of the ring. The server told the manager Ali explained his situation to the manager. The manager did not even have the common decency to hear him out.  He booted him out of the faster than a 1 and 2 combination. Thats when he realized that something was wrong with america.  Segregation was rampant in the south even to this day 50 years or so later there is still racism  in the south. I do not think it is going to stop because it is embedded into the children at a young age. They grow up knowing racism and call it normal. Is racism going to stop in the south? heck no, and   is it going to diminish maybe. Four years later he would fight and win the WBA heavy weight title.

Couple months after winning that belt he changed he name from  Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. He denounced his birth name upon converting to Islam and affiliating with the Nation of Islam (NOI). The reason for the name change according to ALI is   “Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me.”

He was later drafted to the military in 1967, he refused to serve on the grounds that he was a practicing Muslim minister with religious beliefs that prevented him from fighting. He got arrested for a felony and stripped of his title and boxing  license.  Muhammad Ali

The U.S. Department of Justice took legal action against Ali. He  missed more than three  years of his athletic career.  he U.S. Supreme Court  overturned the conviction in June 1971. but he had already lost three good years of boxing that could of been to his benefit. Imagine all of the matches that he would have gotten to fight in. Picture your self winning this fancy car and then they take it away and say you can not drive it anymore.

The Triumphant Return

Ali returned to boxing in the 1970s to fight and win Jerry Quarry.  Later in 1974 he fought George  foreman.

The fight was  dubbed the rumble in the jungle. It was a significant fight for Ali because he was seen as the underdog to the younger, massive Foreman, but he silenced his critics with a masterful performance. In 1981 when he lost to Trevor Berwick. The great Muhammad Retired.

Ali announced that he had Parkinson’s disease in 1984, a degenerative neurological condition. He formed Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He has helped the poor and has donated millions to recognized charities. He was hospitalized again in early June 2016 for what was reportedly a respiratory issue. The revered athlete passed away on the evening of June 3, 2016, at a Phoenix, Arizona facility.


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