Muhammad Ali By: Zanib H.

Muhammad Ali at the age of 15

Muhammad Ali was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisiana, Kentucky. Muhammad Ali was an American former heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century.

Muhammad Ali's dad was Cassius Cash Clay, a sign and mural painter. His mother Odessa Grady Clay.

Muhammad Ali was best known as a significant sports figure. He was a boxer and activist. Muhammad Ali was also known for his trash talking.

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"In 1984 Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome, possibly connected to the severe head trauma suffered during his boxing career. The former champion’s motor skills slowly declined, and his movement and speech were limited" ( History.com). This never stopped him from boxing. He still boxed even though this made his condition worse. Muhammad Ali said “I realise my pride would make me say no, but it scares me to think I’m too proud to come on this show because of my condition.” -Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali was sent to jail because he refused to fight in the Vietnam war. He was also fined $10,000 and lost his boxing license for more than 3 years. "Drafted into the military in April 1967, he refused to serve on the grounds that he was a practicing Muslim minister with religious beliefs that prevented him from fighting. He was arrested for committing a felony and almost immediately stripped of his world title and boxing license" (Biography.com). He still stayed in the spotlight and gave many speeches. "If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. But I either have to obey the laws of the land or the laws of Allah. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail. We’ve been in jail for four hundred years" said Muhammad Ali.

Ali pushed racial boundaries by embracing black pride. His goal was to show black power to America. He did this by giving lectures on black history, his own political travails, and the need for principled resistance.

Muhammad Ali always visited kids with disabilities. He donated over a million dollars to charity. He always told the kids to never give up. "Ali delivered over $1 million in medical aid to Cuba" (lookatthestars.org).

Ali has helped many foundations. "Ali helped organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics" (looktothestars.org).

Muhammad Ali opened up a center called "Muhammad Ali Center". He opened this center so people can be inspired and be the best they can be. He also wanted them to respect one another. "The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali" (alicenter.org).

Sadly, Muhammad Ali passed away in June the 3rd, 2016. He was in Scotland, Arizona when he passed away at the age of 74.

All in all, Muhhamad Ali was a great boxer and human being that inspired many young athletes to follow their dream. Muhammad Ali inspired many African Americans to be proud of who they are.

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History.com

Looktothestars.org

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