Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekly Report 7: Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, originally born Cassius Clay Jr., is most likely one of the most famous boxers, but aside from being an amazing athlete and roll model he is also extremely involved with philanthropy and supporting certain political views. Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942. Being raised in the south during a time of segregation is what led Ali to boxing. The writer of the article says, "He wasn't afraid ..." Muhammad Ali's first boxing experience was with a Police Officer Joe Martin who then went on to teach and train Ali in the art of boxing early in his career.  Later on in his career, Muhammad Ali began to show off his cockiness by referring to himself as "the greatest". We all know the quote "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, I am the greatest. Muhammad Ali." In 1960 Ali won the gold medal in the boxing Olympics and then went on to become the heavyweight champion in 1964. Muhammad Ali's health took a turn for the worst in 1984 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. But after the diagnosis he dove into philanthropy, which pard the road to him receiving the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2005.

In 1964 Muhammad Ali converted to Islam and joined the black Muslim group. He nicknamed himself Cassius X (because of his birth name) but then went on to change it to Muhammad Ali. In 1967 Ali was called upon to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, but refused on the grounds that he was a practicing Muslim minister and his beliefs kept him from serving. This action led to Ali being suspended from boxing and to him being arrested on felony charges. During his case against the justice department, Ali was stripped of his titles and was not allowed to box at all. He lost three years of his career to this. He lost his case and focused on philanthropy.

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