We would like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of one of the greatest men that ever lived.
This is none other than boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3rd, 2016.
Ali was a symbol of racial pride, often outspoken about his religious and political beliefs Muhammad Ali was a polarizing public figure who inspired many to stand for what they believed in, and fight for their dreams no matter what stood in their way.
Muhammad Ali was also a revered activist. In a wonderful piece by the Huffington Post regarding Ali’s decision to chose his beliefs over his career they retell how:
“In a flash, Ali, already controversial for his conversion to Islam and name change from [his “slave name”] Cassius Clay, became one of the most hated public figures in the country. Nobody close to Ali’s level of fame had resisted the draft, and his seemingly flippant opposition to the war made him a target of ridicule from the public, the government and his sport. He’d spend the next four years battling for his beliefs in court instead of the ring, and after his 1967 arrest for draft dodging, all of his state boxing licenses were stripped. Ali’s boxing career was effectively over.”
The whole article can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/muhammad-ali-risked-it-all-when-he-opposed-the-vietnam-war_us_5751e545e4b0c3752dcda4ca