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Read his entire life history, then perhaps you may have better insight into the person, the human being Cassius Clay AKA Muhammad Ali

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in response to reader comment: The canonization of Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali)?

Submitted by Isabell (United States), Sep 30, 2006 at 19:27


My deceased husband was a boxer in his youth, after his death when I could bear to go through his personal belongings, I began to read some of the many books he had on boxing in general.

I also recalled he came from what was referred to as the old school of thought in reference to Clay. The older men just said Ahhh .. he's just a pretty boy show off. I recall my husband and brother had some heated discussions as to Ali's ability, in the ring. Oh Yes! Ali was a real showman; he also was an excellent boxer. After a couple years, my husband had to agree with my brother.

I found Ali's life history so fascinating that I wrote a lengthy poem about him. I would like to have published, however I have trioed unsucessfully to contact him or an agent to get a stamp of approval, so to speak. I admire AND respect his courage to take a stand for right and justice! Especially in light of the blatant racism at that time. Not that it has changed so much in all these years, just a little more subtle.

His principals for taking up the fight, took immense courage to take on the U S Government and Boxing Commission for his lawful RIGHTS as an American Citizen. I see no color in people, only the person.

I am American Indian on my fathers side and caucasian on my mothers side, therefore I am not sticking up for my race, but for a human being who was done wrong by large entities and had the guts to fight back, more than most would have.

I V R. an Ali fan!


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