Growing up in Louisville, there are many things in which one takes pride. But one stands out above the rest and that is the fact that Louisville is the birthplace of Cassius Clay, the boy who would become the man known as Muhammad Ali.
Ali passed away at the age of 74.He won the heavyweight title in boxing in 1964 by defeating Sonny Liston in an upset and in one of the greatest sporting events of all time. He followed that up with many epic fights against Joe Frazier, George Foreman, taking them on in cultural events such as The Thrilla in Manilla and The Rumble in the Jungle.
Ali was not only a sports icon but a cultural icon and a civil rights icon. He spoke out against racism and segregation He changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam. He refused to be inducted into the army in 1967 to fight the Vietnam War for religious reasons. For this stance, Ali was stripped of his title and banned from boxing for three years.
Ali was one of the more entertaining figures in sports history. His loud, boisterous persona became his trademark. His quotes still ring in the American conscious today.
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't
"I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat."
"I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was."
"If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologize."
"I'm so mean, I make medicine sick."
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
Tweets of the Day
Muhammad Ali's passing is a sad day for our world. THE CHAMP! Thoughts and prayers to Lonnie and the Ali family.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 4, 2016
The hometown newspaper remembers a hometown hero as the world mourns Muhammad Ali @courierjournal pic.twitter.com/OPTCxPtbbY— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) June 4, 2016
35-year-old #MuhammadAli dodges 21 punches from 19-year-old Michael Dokes in 10 seconds. Look at his victory dance pic.twitter.com/hSnS2Toz14— Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) June 4, 2016
Three local police officers flew to Arizona to escort @MuhammadAli home for the final time. https://t.co/Chv9GwDhLn pic.twitter.com/0BFU1F2s3L— WDRB News (@WDRBNews) June 4, 2016
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