01 August, 2006

Muhammad Ali: the People's Champion

No sportsman or entertainer has been as outspoken and revolutionary as Muhammad Ali; in fact, even few politicians are. Sportsman, politician and rebel, that is Ali. Only had the courage and the will to tell America:
"Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?"

"I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a 'nigger'."

"Nobody has to tell me that this is a serious business. I'm not fighting one man. I'm fighting a lot of men, showing a lot of 'em, here is one man they couldn't defeat, couldn't conquer. My mission is to bring freedom to 30m black people."
Today, due to his health condition, he is quiet. But, still, he is as well known and recognized just as he was before. Of all people of African descent, only Mandela can claim to be more outspoken and as much of a people's champion, as Muhammad Ali.

He's still the most recognizable man on earth. And over forty years after he burst onto the scene as a gold-medal winner at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Muhammad Ali remains a magical figure, known and loved throughout the world. Dubbed "Athlete of the Century" by GQ magazine, Muhammad continues to receive accolades for his contribution to sports. He has been named Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Century," the BBC's "Sports Personality of the Century," the World Sports Award's "World Sportsman of the Century," and the State of Kentucky's "Kentuckian of the Century." In 2005, he received the United States of America's highest civil award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read more on Muhammad Ali's Official Site


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