Growing up figures such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Angela Davis, Muhammed Ali, and so many more pivotal black individuals were represented throughout my childhood. While some such as Martin Luther King were more popular and talked about, others did not get as much educational coverage. Which is why I would like to take this opportunity to further my knowledge on Muhammad Ali. While Muhammed is more famously known for his plethora of accolades in boxing, he was and still is an important figure in black rights activism. Not only did he stand for racial injustices, but his religious beliefs as well. More specifically he took action and spoke out on the hypocrisy of the draft of the Vietnam war, and furthermore refused to fight in it. His
Muhammad Ali was a great boxer he was born January 17, 1942. He won the heavy weight champion he also went to jail because he did not want to service for his country so he was put in jail for five years. The reason why Muhammad Ali started to fight was because some stole his bike and Ali went to the police and the police told him that he needs to know how to fight so he started to train Ali and at 12 he knew that he had to fight. Muhammad won his first fight in 1954. In 1956 Ali to go win the golden gloves. Ali fought for the heavy weight a British champion. In 1963 Ali knocked out Sonny Liston and in 1964 became the heavy weight champion.
On October 29, 1960 Cassius Clay made his a professional debut with a six round unanimous decision over Tunney Hunsaker. Cassius made all arrangements for the fight and he even trained himself. After having trouble with a less talented Hunsaker, Ali decided to hire a trainer. He went through many trainers until he found Angelo Dundee. Clay won his first world heavyweight championship on February 25, 1964. He beat Sonny Liston in six rounds. Liston refused to leave his corner for the seventh round. Almost directly after the fight, Clay told the world that he was now to be called Cassius X because of his affiliation with Islam. A month later he announced his name was to be Muhammad Ali which was the title given to him by the head of the Black Muslims, Elijah Muhammad. The name Muhammad Ali means "worthy of praise most high." Ali was then drafted into the Army and to fight in the Vietnam War. However, he refused to join the army
Boxing in the 1960’s was ruled by one athlete, that was Muhammad Ali. He was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky (Owens 21). “Ali created one of the most controversial, personalities in the world of boxing” (Owens 7).
Often known only as a legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali is much more. Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky during the January of 1942. He was born into a middle-class, average family with his father, Cassius and his mother, Odessa. He started to box at a young age, and became a prodigy. Soon enough he was winning national AAU tournaments. Muhammad Ali was a hero because of his role as a civil rights activist, role model to people everywhere, and one of the most influential sports athletes of all time. Muhammad Ali was only seen as a boxer, though his accomplishments outside of boxing far surpass the ones in it.
As a result, young men were being drafted to go and serve in the military. When Ali was noticed for his fighting, political figures decided to draft him due to his useful fighting skills. Although, Ali rejected. He rejected because he had just won his heavyweight boxing title and because he did not want to go to war to kill people. Because of this decision, Ali’s heavyweight boxing title was taken away and he was put in a five-year prison sentence. Coming out of prison was hard for Ali. Because of his racial color, he would get rejected from places such as restaurants. A lot of people turned him down and he wasn’t allowed to fight back in the ring. But, Ali didn’t give up and soon found an opportunity that brought him to become the first person in history, to win the heavyweight champion title three times.
On January 17, 1942, Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born in Louisville, Kentucky. When Cassius was 12 years old, a Louisville police officer encouraged him to take up boxing after he told the officer that he wanted to beat up the thief who stole his bike. Cassius made his amateur boxing debut in 1954, and over the next six years, he won several state and national Gold Glove titles and the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 summer Olympics in Rome.
Muhammad was from Louisville, Kentucky. When he was a kid he left his bike outside of a place unlocked when he came back it was gone. When he saw that it was gone he wanted to beat up the person who took his bike so he went to a cop in the boxing ring and told him what happened and the officer said if you want to beat up the person who took your book you would need to learn how to fight first. After that in Three years later, he won the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, as well also he won the Amateur Athletic Union's national title for the light heavyweight division. Also muhammad ali won a gold medal in the olympics in 1960 when he came back to louisville to show people his metal to brag about it but that all stopped when he went into a whites only restaurant and he was denied service and mad ali throw his medal in the
Cassius Marcellus Clay, now known as Muhammad Ali, was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17,1942. “He has shown throughout his life that he is not afraid of any fight—inside or outside the ring. Growing up in the segregated South, Ali experienced firsthand the prejudice and discrimination that
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. later known as Muhammad Ali, was a black boxer, and was proud of it. Many African Americans were ashamed of their color, but Ali was different. He was the first boxer to win the Heavyweight Championship 3 different times. He had a great personality and was liked by the people. During his life, he made big decisions that changed the course of his life completely. Muhammad Ali's journey through life was a great inspiration for African American people, but Ali himself deserves the admiration of everyone.
Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. to Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. and Odessa Grady Clay on January 17, 1942 Louisville, Kentucky. His father painted billboards and signs. His mother was a domestic helper. Ali grew up in a black lower middle class house in a segregated black sub-division. He experienced racial injustice and discrimination which made him very defensive. When he was about twelve-years old his bike was stolen.He reported it to a local police officer named Joe Martin. Ali told the officer that he wanted to beat up the thief. Martin told him that he needs to learn how to fight before he started to challenge
Muhammad Ali was an American boxer and activist. He was born in Kentucky on 17 January 1967, and died on 3 June 2016. Muhammad Ali started taking boxing lessons after his bicycle was stolen when he was 12 years old. At the age of 18, he won the gold medal in the light heavyweight division. He won three world-cup heavyweight championships. He fought sixty-one times and only lost five times. He followed that dream for 30 years, and became one of the greatest boxers of all time, and Muhammad Ali was active in the civil rights movement in many ways. For instance, in the civil rights movement, Muhammad Ali changed his name because he thought that Cassius Clay was a “Slave name,” and he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. In 1960, shortly after winning the heavy weight title, he changed his religion, and converted to Islam. Muhammad Ali joined other leaders in the civil rights movement, such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King to help in the Black Community. Muhammad Ali fought for what he believed in and impacted the civil rights movement such as changed his name, religion, drafted into the Vietnam war and he tried to make the black community equal to the white
Muhammad Ali, originally known as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. At an early age Ali showed that he was not afraid of any fight or bout. He grew up in the segregated South, and experienced a lot of racial prejudice and discrimination. When Ali was
Handsome, weight champion, muslim, freely spoken, racial rights leaders, all exemplifies the powerful Muhammad Ali. A man whose story has a positive impact on americans lives today and back during the civil rights movement. “Muhammed Ali: The World’s Champion” by John Tessitore is an autobiography that is written to tell all the obstacles of Muhammed Ali. The adventures annals of Muhammed Ali begins from growing up and discovering that boxing was his outlet from racism, to dropping out of school, to becoming muslim, also being the voice of the public people, to lastly being coming one of the most known African American Boxing world champion. Thousands world wide then and now see Muhammad Ali as an tragic hero due to his resistance of entering the war, going to jail, and returning back to the ring even more powerful than before.