The Life and Times of Late Boxing Legend, Muhammad Ali
“(I want to be remembered as ) a man who won the heavyweight title three times, who was humorous, and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him, and who helped as many people as he could. As a man who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.”” And if all that’s too much, then I guess I’d settle for being remembered only as a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people, And I wouldn’t even mind if folks forgot how pretty I was.”–Muhammad Ali “The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey”
“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape or kill my mother and father…. How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.”
This stance cost him almost 4 years of his career but inspired so many people around the world including Martin Luther King Jr, who had hitherto been reluctant to take a public stand against the War.
In 2009, Ali shared his personal philosophy “I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” Ali wrote. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.
Rest in Peace, Muhammad Ali the Greatest.