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Transcript of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali was born in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky.
He grew up at the time when black people had to be separated from white people.
His real name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, he was named after a 19th century plantation owner who had freed all his slaves and worked to end slavery.
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
presented by Luke Cuellar
What made Ali famous
He was a world famous boxer.
When he was 12 years old he was introduced into boxing.
At the age of 18 he became an olympic gold medalist.
As a professional boxer he won his first 19 fights.
But his biggest fight was still yet to come.
He raised money to help feed the hungry around the world.
He speaks out against youth violence and racism.
What impact did Ali have on America
He was ordered to appear in court.
Later, on June 1967,an all white jury found him guilty and sentenced him to 5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine
5 years later he went to the Supreme Court, and on June 28th, 1971 he was found innocent.
What where Muhammad Ali's greatest challenges?
In 1967, Ali was drafted into the military, but refused to join the Armed Forces.
When people are drafted it is illegal to refuse to join the Military.
He refused, because of his religion.
He paved a way for others, by standing up for what he believed.
He raised money for research to fight Parkinson's disease.
Haskins, James, and Eric Velasquez. Champion: The Story of Muhammad Ali. New York: Walker, 2002. Print