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RIP: Muhammad Ali, Boxing Icon and Global Goodwill Ambassador, Dies at 74

Society & Culture  (tags: society, sports, Muhammad Ali, The Greatest, culture, politics, law, obituary, murder, news )

- 1077 days ago -
Mr. Ali came to represent a new kind of athlete, someone who created his own style in defiance of the traditions of the past.


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Animae C (508)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 8:57 am
Bon Voyage M.A.

Thanx Cal

Ben O (132)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 9:20 am
The greatest champion of all times...R.I.P...

Michael O (176)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 9:44 am
R.I.P. Champ... :(

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 10:07 am
RIP greatest one--he was an ever better man.

pam w (139)
Saturday June 4, 2016, 1:16 pm
I had the great honor of meeting him once, shaking his hand, telling him how much I admired his personal courage. Then I asked if I could kiss his cheek. I SWEAR his eyes just twinkled and he leaned over so I could do it! Whatta' guy!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 2:16 am
I'll never forget how he refused to go fight in Vietnam, saying 'those Brown people' hadn't done him any harm - or ever called him 'nigger'- ["“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?"] - how true!- and he preferred going to prison & losing his championship rather than sell out on his convictions. "Sentenced to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, though he remained out on bail while he appealed"; "stripped of his passport and his heavyweight title, banned from fighting in the US, Ali returned to boxing in 1970" but had lost his best years as a fighter, from the age of 25 to 29, even if "his conviction was reversed in 1971." A brave man, though so Young, only 25; a man of principle!

Nor will I ever forget that moment of intense emotion when he stepped out, at the culmination of the long build-up of individual athletes running & passing the Olympic torch on to the next runner, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics opening ceremony, to the enormous surprise of all, to light the flame. How many of us found tears building up or running down our cheeks?

One 'Guardian' reporter has written in his article, "Fighter, joker, magician, religious disciple, preacher: Muhammad Ali", "He housed such an improbable quantity of warmth that it seemed the love he generated could sustain the planet." What a magnificent tribute.

If you haven't yet seen the documentary, "When We Were Kings", now's perhaps the perfect time! Can't find a full film online, but broken up into Part I, Part II, etc. I saw it some years back, and I found it moving & thrilling... and I was so impressed to see how Ali was adored by young fans -even children- in what was then Zaire. It made me love him even more!

(About "When We Were Kings": "It's 1974, Muhammed Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Forman is ten years younger and the Heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire and the "Rumble in the Jungle" is set. A musical festival, featuring the America's top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King, is also planned.")

I was particularly moved by this rather tragic insight of his into his 'sport,' into the world of boxing, that I read yesterday in The New Yorker article, "The Outsized Life of Muhammad Ali":

"“They stand around and say, ‘Good fight, boy: you’re a good boy; good goin’,” Ali said, in 1970. “They don’t look at fighters to have brains. They don’t look at fighters to be businessmen, or human, or intelligent. Fighters are just brutes that come to entertain the rich white people. Beat up on each other and break each other’s noses, and bleed, and show off like two little monkeys for the crowd, killing each other for the crowd. And half the crowd is white. We’re just like two slaves in that ring. The masters get two of us big old black slaves and let us fight it out while they bet: ‘My slave can whup your slave.’ That’s what I see when I see two black people fighting.” It was almost as if Ali, at the height of his fame, was hinting that we were all complicit in something fallen and dubious, even as we were rooting him on.

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 3:43 am
RIP Ali.

Liv B (0)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 8:34 am
RIP "Greatest". I had the "honor of meeting" him in a crowded elevator in the Americana Hotel in NYC in the late 60's. I didn't know who was standing behind me until some people getting on the elevator were pushing everyone back and I accidentally stepped on his foot. When I turned around to apologize I was shocked to see him.....and a huge smile.

Winn A (179)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 11:56 am
He stood for what he believed in. May he Rest in Peace . . . . . . .

Lisa Neste (203)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 12:35 pm
Thanks for honoring the "Greatest" Cal.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 1:43 pm
RIP Ali. Thanks Cal

Erika Ranzi (51)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 2:38 pm
Prickly how a bees,light how a butterfly.I don't words fot this wondeful man.A man very kind.Hi Alì.Erika

william Miller (112)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 2:45 pm
May he rest in peace

S J (124)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 5:16 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 5:20 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.
So sad to see his passing! Yes, Rest In Peace.

S J (124)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 5:20 pm

Mandi T (367)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 6:15 pm
RIP now

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 8:43 pm
Thank you!

An amazing incarnation....several lifetimes rolled up into one....from intense highs to the deepest lows. He will return Home with very many gifts and to much honor.

"I shook up the world!!....I shook up the world!!"

"Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don't belong anymore to anyone, that I'm not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one."

“The world champ should be pretty like me.”

"I'm so mean I make medicine sick."

Shine On Ali! Shine On!! Well Done!

Shirley S (187)
Sunday June 5, 2016, 11:25 pm
R.I.P. The bravest & best sport's ambassador the world has ever known. Hope he meets up with my late husband who had very similar qualities & who passed on last November after a battle with Parkinson's.

Trish K (29)
Monday June 6, 2016, 10:49 pm
I am so happy to see how many of us have met this man. He was available to all. I watched Ken Norton spare but had to leave the match before Ali arrived. I saw Ali in the hotel coffee shop as I was leaving and asked his manager for his autograph. He was the most beautiful man I had ever seen. He was lit from within. I was handed an envelope by Angelo Dundee and asked to fill it out and give it back to him. A week later, after Ali's jaw was broken, I got the letter in the mail with a fight leaflet for Ali + Norton fight- San Diego, Ca. signed- to Patricia from Muhammed Ali - Peace 1973. I cried

Martija Mohoric (25)
Tuesday June 7, 2016, 9:39 am

Zoe Hodges (3)
Thursday June 9, 2016, 10:31 am
Yet another legend gone, 2017 has not been a good year.

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday June 12, 2016, 1:49 am
❤️A man of true conviction and a talented sportsman and Olympic Champion. Rest in eternal peace and God Bless you for all you gave to people who adored your talent. Peace go with you Mr. Ali.. Thank you Cal for sharing.❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕

Miriam AWAY Site issues (61)
Thursday July 21, 2016, 6:15 am
Noted. Oh yes, Ali was the greatest! He will be missed by many, thanks for posting!
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