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Transcript of Muhammad Ali
Growing up in the segragated south, Ali experienced firsthand the prejudiced and discrimination that African- americans faced during this era. thoughout Ali's career and life, Ali always stated that he wanted to help other Black Americans. In the Philadelphia Inquirer Ali's first wife remembered him saying " I was young, black Cassius Marcellus Clay, who had won a gold medal for his country. I went to downtown Louisville to a five-and-dime store that had a soda fountain, I sat down at the counter to order a burger and soda pop. The waitress looked at me.... 'Sorry, we don't serve coloreds,' she said. I was furious. I went all the way to Italy to represent my country, won a gold medal, and now I come back to America and can't even get served at a five-and-dime store. I went to a bridge, tore the medal off my neck and threw it into the river. That gold medal didn't mean a thing to me if my black brothers and sisters were treated wrong in a country I was supposed to represent." " I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong... no Vietcong ever called me a Nigger". Muhammad Ali " Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong". " I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin Hell, but as long they ain't free, I ain't free".