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Muhammad Ali in Pictures -- Ali Bomaye

The Imperious Legend,  Witty Poet, The Trailblazer, Activist, The Joker, The Philosopher, The Freedom Fighter,  The Father,  The Lover, The Dandy, The Synergetic Humanitarian, The Magician, The Leader, The Man of Peace, The Inspirational Conscientious Objector in Pictures and some memorable quotes

                                                          I am Muhammad Ali

Legendary Fight, Ali Stands Victorious Over a Defeated Sonny Liston in 1966: The Iconic Photo

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Nimble-footed, sharp-witted

   The Greatest

Legend

Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, predicts he will win in the fifth round before his fight with Henry Cooper at Wembley in 1963

"I'll Win In Five "Against Archie Moore in Los Angeles, in this Nov. 15, 1962

Ali Teaches Ernie Terrel to R e s p e c t  his name: "What's My Name?"

Young heavyweight boxer Cassius Clay points to a sign he wrote on a chalk board in his dressing room before his fight against Archie Moore in Los Angeles, in this Nov. 15, 1962, file photo predicting he'd knock Moore out in the fourth round, which he went on to do.

Frazier and Ali

In this Feb. 8, 1962, file photo, young heavyweight fighter Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, is seen with his trainer, Angelo Dundee, at City Parks Gym in New York.

With his trainer Angelo Dundee, at City Parks Gym in New York

Brash Cassius Clay holds court for newsmen in the dressing room after winning a unanimous, but lackluster, 10-round decision over Doug Jones in New York's Madison Square Garden, March 13, 1963.

Madison Square Garden, March 13, 1963 with reporters

Cassius Clay, young heavyweight fighter, thrusts his fist out, Feb. 19, 1964, as he tells a crowd at Surfside, Fla., how he'll hit champion Sonny Liston in their upcoming bout at Miami Beach.

In this Feb. 18, 1964, file photo, The Beatles -- from left, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison -- take a fake blow from Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami Beach, Fla.

Feb. 18, 1964Feb. 18, 1964 with The Beatles

Ali holds up five fingers in a prediction of how many rounds it would take for him to knock out Cooper; it did, of course, take exactly five

Cleveland Williams is spread eagled on the canvas as referee Harry Kessler sends Cassius Clay to a neutral corner during their heavyweight bout at the Astrodome in Houston, in this Nov. 14, 1966 photo.

Cleveland Williams is spread eagled on the canvas as referee Harry Kessler sends Cassius Clay to a neutral corner

Johnny Carson, star of NBC-TV's "Tonight Show", watches world heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali hamming it up for a photographer in New York, Feb. 10, 1967.

Johnny Carson Feb 10 1964

Former heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali appears outside champ Joe Frazier's gym in Philadelphia, Jan. 28, 1971, before the two were scheduled for a bout at New York's Madison Square Garden in March.

Ali Taunts Joe Frazier before their match Philadelphia, Jan. 28, 1971

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Muhammad Ali during training for his fight with Al 'Blue' Lewis held in Dublin, Ireland in 1972.

 I am the Greatest

Boxer Muhammad Ali during a press luncheon in New York, Aug. 29, 1974, to promote the sale of tickets to Madison Square Garden, where the battle against George Foreman in Zaire was shown in October on closed circuit television.

The unshuttable Louisville Lip

Muhammad Ali plays a few notes on the piano while visiting black American artists that perform in the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa, Zaire, Sept. 22, 1974. At right is singer Etta James.

Kinshasa, Zaire, Sept. 22, 1974. At right is singer Etta James

Boxer Muhammad Ali on a sightseeing tour downtown Kinshasa, Zaire, September 17, 1974.

Ali Bomaye! Ali Bomaye - Ali Rousing The Crowd In Zaire before the Rumble In the Jungle

Rope a Dope, when defence is attack: Rumble In the Jungle.

It's over: Ali Wins

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, left, applauds as challenger Joe Frazier, right, makes some remarks about world champion Muhammad Ali, second from left, during their call on Marcos at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Sept. 18, 1975.

Taunting Frazier before the Thriller In Manila Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos,[left]

At a dinner honoring the six "Outstanding Chicagoans of Today," boxing champ Muhammad Ali takes a playful poke at sportscaster Howard Cosell, as Ann Landers advises them to break it up on Nov. 11, 1977.

Honoring Chicagoans in 1977Howard Corsell, Ann Landers and Ali

Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali delivers a friendly punch to his father, Cassius Clay, Sr., during a news conference, Jan. 4, 1980, in Los Angeles.

Father and Son (Ali and his dad Cassius Clay Sr Jan. 4, 1980, in Los Angele

Muhammad Ali signing autographs and teasing friends in Overtown Neighborhood, Miami, Fla., in 1994.

aAli in Miama, Florida

Muhammad Ali playfully spars with a photographer while on a tour bus to visit Alain Leroy Locke High School on Dec. 3, 1996, in South-Central Los Angeles.

A candid snap of the legendary boxer shows him looking at a picture of fellow boxer Liston, who he was training to fight in 1964

Ali studies the portrait of Sonny Liston before their fight in 1966

Ali (left) waves to the crowds in June 1963 as he walks along with the street with his brother Rudolph, later known as Rahman Ali

Ali with his Younger brother Rachman Ali Switzerland

Zurich, 1971; Ali trains while pushing his twin daughters Jamillah and Rasheda

Coolest Dad: Ali trains while pushing his twin daughters Jamillah and Rasheda in June 1963

Back in June 1963, Ali has his gloves tied before a bout with Britain's Henry Cooper, which he won inside five rounds at Wembley

Ali has his gloves tied before a bout with Britain's Henry Cooper, which he won inside five rounds at Wembley

The Unshuttable Louisville Lip Taunts Joe Frazier

Away from the ring, Ali is seen enjoying a tender moment with two of his children, Laila (left) and Hana (right) at a hotel in London in 1978

Ali is enjoys a tender moment with two of his children, Laila (left) and Hana (right) at a hotel in London in 1978

Referee Zack Clayton beckons Ali to the corner after he knocked down George Foreman in their 1974 fight

Referee Zack Clayton beckons Ali to the corner after he knocked down George Foreman in their 1974 fight Jack Clayton 1974 Ali's unstoppable punches and lightning fast reflexes made him the most feared fighter around.The two delivered a memorable bout which captured the hearts of boxing fans everywhere

Ali's unstoppable punches and lightening fast reflexes made him the most feared fighter around

Foreman down. Rumble in the Jungle 1974 Ali prowls around like a lion checking the prey

The two delivered another memorable bout which captured the hearts of boxing fans everywhere 

Ali is escorted from the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance station in Houston by Lt Col J. Edwin McKee after he refused Army induction in April 1967

Conscientious Objector: Ali Refuses to be conscripted.Ali is escorted from the Armed Forces Examining and Entrance station in Houston by Lt Col J. Edwin McKee after he refused Army induction in April 1967

Ali (left) speaks to reporters alongside Dr Martin Luther King (right) in March 1967

Martin Luther King Jr defends Ali's decision not to be conscripted for the Vietnam War March 1967

Cooper prepares for another attack from Ali during their bout for the World Heavyweight Boxing title at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium in 1966. The fight was stopped in the sixth round because of a cut above Cooper's left eye

Attacking Henry Cooper Heavyweight Boxing title at Arsenal's Highbury Stadium in 1966

Ali is pictured at his West End hotel during his stay in London prior to the Cooper fight in 1966

A thoughtful, youthful Ali watches a private showing in a West End cinema prior to his first fight with Henry Cooper

Ali and cornerman Angelo Dundee are pictured before the first meeting with Henry Cooper in 1965

Ali's delight is all too obvious as he celebrates victory over Liston and is mobbed by his support team at the end of the fight

AAfter Winning Liston, Ali celebrates and mocks the doubters

Chuck Wepner is almost knocked through the ropes as Ali retains his heavyweight titles in Richfield in 1975 

Chuck Wepner 1975

Ali and Joe Frazier battling it out in 1971 in what became known as the 'Fight of the Century'

Joe Frazier 1971 Fight of the Century, Madison Square

The boxer, known to many as The Greatest, poses for a photograph during a training session in 1970

BBeautiful Man:  T h e   G r e a t e s t

Muhammed Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking him to the floor with a short right hand to the jaw on May 25, 1965 

Muhammed Ali stands over Sonny Liston after knocking him to the floor with a short right hand to the jaw on May 25, 1965

Muhammad Ali in Ghana - 3 June 1964

"I am glad to tell our people that there are more things to be seen in Africa than lions and elephants. They never told us about your beautiful flowers, magnificent hotels, beautiful houses, beaches, great hospitals, schools, and universities," he said.

Ali Beats a bongo drum in Nigeria

Can't touch this: Frazier can't land a punch

-------------Won't Fight

 Man of the people: Winning the argument against the Vietnam War, popular with the people

Beauty

   

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Stylish Dandy on the town.

The compassionate Man children adored like the dad they didn't have

The champ: Hands aloft

Flaneur

Activism

In his own words

Refuses the draft as a conscientious objector

Man of the people

Sightseeing in Africa

 

The King

Elijah Muhammad - The man who gave Casius Clay a namechange.

   Floats Like a Butterfly

The Peoples' Champ

                   Drama In d Bahamas: Ali's Last fight with Trevor Berbick Dec 1981

First Wife Sonji Roi

  Fist of Artistry

          Such was his celebrity, he is mobbed as he eats.

Birthday Boy

Ali In Nigeria

Young Ali aged 12: The boy who became the legend

 Ali Carries the Olympic Torch in Atlanta, USA

The Louisville Lip

Ali the jester

Madonna

Sidney Poitier and Evander Holyfield

With his kids

The Benevolent man

John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Wedding to Veronica

Tyson (Iron Mike)

The Beatles

Voted BBC Sports Personality of the Century, London. With Lenox Lewis

Frazier, Foreman and Ali

Jackson Five

Floats like a butterfly

With Pope John Paul II

Afro Deity.

Ali and Grandson modeling for Louis Vuitton

Elvis Priestley

Lionel Richie

With Marvin Gaye

Aretha Franklin

With Oprah Winfrey

With Sammy Davis Jr

With Bob Dylan 1975

  Castro

The Passion of Muhammad Ali as a Conscientious Objector: One of the most Iconic Images of the Legend, depicting

St Sabastien the martyr. Each arrow represents each of Ali's tormentors

Ali was still known as Cassius Clay when this photo was taken. There’s something boyish about his efforts to impress his audience. I like how one of the women, Ronnie Spector, seems impervious to his bravado. I also like knowing that the guy in the white tuxedo, who is neither overawed nor overshadowed by Clay, is a young Stevie Wonder.

With a young Stevie Wonder

Billy Crystal and Robin Williams

And again with the Jacksons

Brits he inspired to Champions Joshua and Lewis

Man of the people, former training club in NY

Refusing to be conscripted

Robin Williams

With Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Sam Cook

MJ

Muhammad Ali posed next to his fourth wife Lonnie Williams in 1999. During the Muslim prayer service this week, Khalilah stood right next to his widow Lonnie - even putting her arm around Lonnie's shoulder to talk to her at one point

Lonnie

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   Michael Parkinson World renown British journalist (who interviewed Ali 4 times)

Brother

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Foreman

James Brow

Ali Bomaye Zaire

Ali with his daughter Hana in 1977. She is now an accomplished author and today described her father as a 'humble mountain'

Father to Hana

Ali's trash-talking and way with words - which produced unforgettable quotes such as 'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee' - were also part of what made Ali the best boxer to ever take to the ring

AAli embarked on his first African tour in 1964, saying: "I want to see Africa and meet my brothers and sisters."

Ali Bomaye

Silvestre Stallone (Rambo)

Knock'em out

AAli teaches Ernie Terrel to R e s p e c t  his name

Heralded

Ali

with  Rahman, his mother and his dad

Veronica

Zaire's then ruler Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga (L) arranged the fight, which increased Ali's fame and brought the country to the world's attention. Mobutu agreed to pay $5m (equivalent to approximately $24m today) to each fighter.

Michael J Fox

Pele

Beautiful man

Defiance

Stripped of his medal

Everlast

Olympic gold medalist

Can't touch this

Family man

TThe Complete Athlete.

popular

The Complete Athlete

Legendary Pose

1960 Olympics

Floats like a butterfly

                                                                                          T h e   G r e a t e s t

Quincy Jones

Says it all: The poster that headlined the fight

Thriller In Manilla Poster

With FI Champion Lewis Hamiltion

With Michael Jordan

Whitney

With Diana Ross

With Beyonce

With Jay Z and Beyonce

Carrie Underwood

Boxing great Muhammad Ali delivers a knockout blow to Ricky Hatton in a guest appearance at Hatton's gym in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.

British Boxer, Ricky Hatton Manchester, England, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Playful in Africa

Ali trash talks Floyd Paterson before their grudge match 1965

Ali gives lip to Joe Frazier

Floyd Paterson

Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali

Frazier ouch!

Artful Dodger

With Antonio Inoki

Floats like a butterfly

Rope a dope: When retreat is a strategy to wear out,  ensnare and ambush

Stings Like a bee

"I want to see Africa and meet my brothers and sisters."

Former opponents.

 Activism: From Clay to Muhammad

Nonpareile

George Foreman takes a right fist to the head from challenger Muhammad Ali in the seventh round in the match dubbed teh Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire

Foreman takes a glancing Masterclass in Uppercut, in the famous Rumble in the Jungle

Clay and Henry Cooper engage in some brutal blows during the non-title fight at Wembley

Henry Cooper receives a beating in Wembley June 18, 1963, Wembley Stadium

Ali stands above a flattened George Foreman as referee Zack Clayton counts the fallen giant out

October 29, 1974, 20th of May Stadium, Kinshasa, Zaire


Poetry In Motion

The legendary boxer began to retreat from the public eye after he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest US civilian honor - in 2005 (pictured)

Recognition With a President's Medal

Beautiful Moves: Poetry In Motion as Ali trains

Still The Greatest: Everlast, Number One

Muhammad Ali, pictured with his 3rd wife Veronica Ali and daughter, Hana, died aged 74 after a 32-year-battle with Parkinson's disease

With Wife Veronica and child Laila

United front: Ali, center, with some of his children ¿ (from left) Jamillah, Maryum (standing), Khaliah (sitting), adopted son Asaad, Hana, Miya, Laila and Rasheda 

Paterfamilias

 

Number 1 fan: Proud Ali stops for a photograph after watching his daughter Laila win a Super Middleweight title

Proud papa: with Laila Ali, his daughter

Ali's daughter Laila posted a touching family photograph of her father holding her as a baby, thanking supporters for their kind messages

Rope a dope

QUOTES:

'Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee, your hands can't hit, what your eyes can't see.' - Prior to his fight against Foreman in 1974.

'If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.'

'I'm not the greatest; I'm the double greatest. Not only do I knock 'em out, I pick the round.' 

'It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.' 

'To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the USA won the medal of gold. The Greeks said you're better than the Cassius of old.' - He said this quote after he won the Olympic light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Games in Rome. 

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."

'It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.'

'Live every day like it's your last because someday you're going to be right.' 

'A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life.'

'I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick.' - Ali said this before the historic Rumble in the Jungle match that took place in 1974 in Zaire against George Foreman.

'Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beating each other up.'  

'Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn't choose it, and I didn't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, and I insist people using it when speaking to me and of me.' 

'It will be a killer and a chiller and a thriller when I get the gorilla in Manila.' - Ali said this before the historic and legendary 'Thrilla in Manila' match against Joe Frazier in 1975. 

'Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.'  

'Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.'  

'Don't count the days; make the days count.' 

'It's not bragging if you can back it up.' 

'Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.' - Ali said this prior to a fight against George Foreman in 1974.

'At home I am a nice guy: but I don't want the world to know. Humble people, I've found, don't get very far.'    

'If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize.' 

'My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.' 

'I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky, my name not yours. My religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.' - Ali said this in 1970 when he was convicted of draft evasion. 

'The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.'

'He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.'

'It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.'

Victim
In Ghanaian dress
Immortal Legend

Ali will go down in history as one of sport's greatest ever athletes - perhaps even the best ever given his huge popularity  

Goodbye, Legend

One elegant note, placed inside a bouquet of red and white roses simply read: 'Muhammad Ali. The Greatest. In Louisville and in heaven'
Florial Tributes as the world mourns

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Comment by aNyango on June 11, 2016 at 15:56

Rabbi Michael Lerner delivers fiery address at Ali's Funeral.

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Rabbi Michael Lerner gave a fiery speech at Ali's funeral.

Master of compassion, God of Compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali and send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I came here as a representative ff American Jews, so — and to say that American Jews played an important role with African-American struggles in this country and that we today stand in solidarity with the Islamic Community in this country and all around the world. [applause]

We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down Muslims and blaming Muslims for a few people — [applause]

We know what it’s like to be demeaned. We know what it’s like to have a few people who act against the highest visions of our tradition. To then be identified as the value to have entire tradition And one of the reasons that we at Tokun magazine; a magazine of Progressive Jews, but also an Interfaith magazine, have called upon the United States government to stand up to the part of the Israeli government that is oppressing Palestinians -  is that we as Jews understand that our commitment is to recognise that God has created everyone in God’s image and that everyone Is equally precious and that means the Palestinian people as well as all other people on the planet. [applause]

I know the people of Louisville had a special relationship to Muhammad Ali and I had a personal relationship in the 1960's — when both of us were Indicted by the Federal Government for our various stands — various stands against the War in Vietnam. I want to say that although he was cheered on as the Heavyweight Champion of the World, you know, the truth is — that all honor to him — but heavyweights — Heavyweight Champions of the world come and go and sports heroes come and go. There was something about Muhammad Ali that was different. At the key moment when he had that recognition, he used it to stand up to an immoral war and say no, I won’t go. [applause]

And it’s for that reason that tens of millions of Americans who don’t particularly care about boxing do care about Muhammad Ali, because he was the person who was willing to risk a great honor that he got and the great fame that he got, to stand up for the beliefs that he had.— to speak truth to power, when the rest of the people around him said no, no, you’re going to lose your championship, and it Was taken away from him for five Years. But he stood up and was Willing to take that kind of a risk because of that kind of moral integrity. [applause]

So I want to say how do we honor Muhammad Ali? And the answer is the way to honor Muhammad Ali is to BE Muhammad Ali today. [applause]

That means us, everyone here and everyone listening. It’s up to us to continue that ability to speak truth to power. We must speak out, refuse to follow a path of conformity to the rules of the game in life. We must refuse to follow the path of conformity. Tell the 1% who own 80% of the wealth of this country that it’s time to share that wealth. Tell the politicians who use violence worldwide and then preach nonviolence to the oppressed that it’s time for them to end their drone warfare And every other kind of warfare. To close our military bases around the world, to bring the troops home. Tell those who invented mass Incarceration that it’s time to create an — a guaranteed income for everyone in our society. Tell judges to let out of prison the many African-Americans swept up by racist police and imprisoned by racist judges. [applause]

Many of them in prison today for offenses like possessing marijuana that white people get away with all the time. [applause]

Tell our elected officials to imprison those who authorize torture and those who ran the big banks and investment companies that caused the economic collapse of 2008. Tell the leaders of Turkey to stop killing the Kurds. Tell Israeli prime minister Netanyahu that the way to get security, is for Israel to stop the occupation of the West Bank and help create a Palestinian State. Tell the next president of the United states that SHE— [sustained cheers]

Tell the next president of the United states that she should seek a constitutional amendment to make all national and state elections funded by Congress and the State legislatures or all other sources of money be banned; including money from corporations, from individuals — all other money-making, all public funding. Tell her that the way to achieve homeland security is not for us to try new ways of domination. The strategy of domination of the world of the other to get security has been tried for the past 10,000 years and it doesn’t work. The way to get security is for The united States to become known as the most generous and caring country in the world, not the most powerful. [applause]

We could start with a global and domestic Marshal Plan to once and for all end global and domestic poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, inadequate healthcare. So, I want to share of the Interfaith Network of Spiritual progressives— by the way, Spiritual Progressives is not a word,, come and join us. I want to affirm our commitment to the well-being of all Muslims on this planet as well as the people of all faiths and Secular humanists as well. We wish to pay honor to the Muslims of the world as they continue today the Fast of Ramadam, and share the loss of Muhammad Ali. Peace be upon them, peace be upon the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon all of humanity and peace be upon us. Amen.

Ali playfully posing for a photo in a hat despite being moments away from fighting Joe Bugner for the Heavyweight title.

Comment by aNyango on June 11, 2016 at 16:01


Natasha Mundkur pays a moving tribute to Ali at his funeral

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Before I begin, I will like to say I am truly humbled and honoured to be here. And I’ll like to thank The Muhammad Ali centre and the Ali family for giving me the opportunity to speak, and to echo the voice that Muhammad has given me.

So let me tell you a story about a man, a man who refused to believe that reality was a limitation to achieve the impossible. A man who once reached up to the pages of a textbook, and touched the heart of an 8 year old girl, whose reflection of herself mirrored those who cannot see past the colour of her skin.

But instead of drawing on that pain, from the distorted reality, she found strength, just as this man did, when he stood tall in the face of pelting and rain and shouted: ‘I am the disturbance in the sea of your complacency! And I will never stop shaking your waves!

And his voice echoed through hers, through mine, and she picked up the rocks that were thrown at her, and she threw them back with a voice so powerful that it turned all the pain that she had faced in her life into strength and tenacity. And now that 8-year-old girl stands before you to tell you that Ali’s cry still shakes these waves today. That we are to find strength in our identities, whether we are black or white or Asian or Hispanic, LGBT, disabled or able-bodied. Muslim, Jewish, Hindu or Christian — his cry represents those who have not been heard, and invalidates the idea that we are to be conformed to one normative standard.

That is what it means to defeat the impossible—because impossible is not a fact. Impossible is an opinion. Impossible is nothing.

When I look into this crowd, I smile. I smile to recognize that he’s not really gone. He lives in you and he lives in me and he lives in every person that he’s touched in every corner of this world. Reality was never a limitation for Ali. For us. Just as every punch his opponents threw, impossible is never enough to knock us down, because WE ARE ALI. We are greater than the rocks or the punches that we throw at each other. We have the ability to empower and inspire and to connect and to unify and that will live on forever.

So let me tell you a story about a man, his name is Muhammad Ali. He is the greatest of all time. He is from Louisville, Kentucky, and he lives in each and every one of us. And his story is far from over.

Comment by aNyango on June 11, 2016 at 16:05

Dr Kevin Cosby gives a stirring eulogy at Muhammad Ali's funeral.

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I looked in the dictionary for the word “fidelity.” And it had two words; Lonnie Ali. In 1967, none most prior to his assassination and martyrdom, Dr Martin Luther King Jr was interviewed by Merv Griffin on the Merv Griffin show. Merv Griffin asked, Dr King, a relevant question. He said, “Dr King, what has been the greatest effect and impact that the Civil Rights struggle has had on the Negro?” Dr King paused and said, “Besides the dismantling of barriers that prohibited the Negro from free access, the greatest and the most profound effect that the Civil Rights Struggle had was that it infused in the Negro, something that the negro needed all along— and that was a sense of “Somebodyness.”

You will never be able to appreciate what Dr King meant when he said the Negro needed a sense of “Somebodyness,” until you understand the three hundred and fifty years of “Nobodyness” that was infused into the psyche of people of colour. Every sacred document, in our history—every hallowed institution conspired to convince the African in America that when God made the African, God was guilty of creative malfeasance.

All of our sacrosanct documents—from the Constitution, said to the Negro that you’re nobody. The Constitution said that we were three fifths of a person. Decisions by the Supreme Court; like the Dred Scott Decision, said to the Negro, to the African that, you have no rights that whites were bound to respect. And even Francis Scott Key— in his writing of the Stars Spangled Banner—we sing verse one, but in verse three, he celebrates slavery, by saying, “no refuge can save the hireling and slave, From the sorrow of night, or the death or the grave.”

Every institution— from religion to entertainment; from Amos and Andy, to Jane and Tarzan, infused in the psyche of the Negro, that he was inferior.

But something happened to the Depression Generation and the World War II Generation of African Americans. Jackie Robinson picked up his bat, and hit a ball—and The Brooklyn Dodgers win the pinning. Joe Louis dismantles the pride of Aryan Supremacy by knocking out Max Schmeling in a hundred and twenty-four seconds. Jesse Owens runs in ambulatory speed and wins four gold medals. Rosa Parks sits down on a bus in Montgomery in December of 1955, and a young man from Boston University… [ ]

And then, from Louisville, emerge the silver-tongued poet who took the ethos of somebodyness to unheard of heights. Before James Brown said, I’m black and I’m proud, Muhammad Ali said, “I’m black and I’m pretty.” Black and Pretty was an oxymoron. Blacks did not say, pretty. The first millionaire in this country was not Oprah, but it was was Madam C J Walker who made products in order to help blacks escape their Africanity. But Muhammad Ali said,”I’m black and I’m pretty, I’m proud of who I am” And when he said that, that infused in Africans, a sense of “somebodyness.” To extrapolate Muhammad Ali from the times in which he lived, is what’s called “historic presentism.” It is to talk about George Washington and not talk about the American Revolution. It’s to talk about Abraham Lincoln and not talk about The Civil War. It’s to talk about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and not talk about The Depression and World War II.

Our brother, Muhammad Ali was a product of a difficult time. And he dared to love black people, at a time when black people had a problem loving themselves. He dared to affirm the beauty of blackness—he dared to affirm the power and the capacity of African Americans. He dared to love America’s most unloved race.—and he loved us all. And we loved him because we knew he loved us all—whether you lived in the suburbs or whether you lived in the slums, whether you lived down the avenue or whether you lived in an alley, whether you came from the penthouse or whether you lived in the projects, whether you came from Moorehouse or whether you had no house. Whether you were high yellow or boot black—Muhammad Ali loved you.

Our city is known for two things; it’s known for Muhammad Ali, it is known for The Kentucky Derby. We hope you will come back and visit our city—the first Saturday in May. We hope you’ll place a bet on one of the horse—but if you do, please know the rules. What will happen is, the horses will start off in the starting gate, and then, the signal will be given and they’ll run in the mud for two minutes. And the winner will then be led to the winner’s circle where a wreath of roses will be placed around the horse’s neck. We want you to make a bet, but please, know the rules. You cannot bet for the horse, once it is in the winner’s circle. You have to bet for the horse, while it’s still in the mud. And there are a lot of people who have bet on Muhammad Ali, when he was in the winner’s circle. But the masses bet on him while he was still in the mud. Kareem Abdul Jabber stood with him when he was in the mud. Jim Brown stood with him when he was in the mud. Bill Russell stood with him when he was in the mud. Howard Corsell stood with him when he was in the mud.

But please, don’t mishear me. I am not saying that Muhammad Ali is the property of black people. He is the property of all people. But while he is the property of all people, let us never forget that he is the product of black people in their struggle to be free.

I went looking for Jesus on a poor Westend Street, thinking that I will find him walking around with men and women with stumbling feet.  People who had their heads bowed low—because they were broken and had nowhere to go. But then I went looking for Jesus way in the sky, thinking that he will wear a robe that will dazzle my eye. When suddenly, Jesus came walking by, with stumbling feet, because he’d been handing with the poor on the Westend street.  The Muhammad Ali of my childhood, had a shuffle, but as he grew older, he walked with shuffling feet.  And I will submit to you that he walked with shuffling feet, not because of Parkinson’s disease, but because he walked with the folks in West Louisville who had shuffling feet. Peace and God bless you.

  

Ali with his son Ibn in Zaire, showing that despite being one of the busiest sportsman of the decade, he still had time for his family and his children in particular.

Ali was selected as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1974. and wore a dashiki, a men’s garment widely worn in West Africa.

He also brought the walking stick given to him by Zaire’s president.

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Ali playing his trade as a commentator during a fight between George Foreman and Ken Norton in March 1974.

On the Johnny Carson show

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