His refusal to be drafted during the Vietnam War, his rejection of racial integration at the height of the civil rights movement, his conversion from Christianity to Islam and the changing of his “slave” name, Cassius Clay, to one bestowed by the separatist black sect he joined, the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, were perceived as serious threats by the conservative establishment and noble acts of defiance by the liberal opposition.
Loved or hated, he remained for 50 years one of the most recognizable people on the planet.
To the end, his humor remained unchallenged as did his passion and compassion for humanity.
Here’s a man and who now sits up there with the all the greats like Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and the highest spirits of humanity.
He saw further. They all looked further.
She should all learn from him, from them.
When I feel sorry for myself (and / or depressed), I watch this interview 0ver and over again. It is one of the most inspiring of all: Here Muhammad Ali is interviewed by the great Ed Bradley, of CBS 60 Minutes