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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is an American former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. Considered a cultural icon, Ali has both been idolized and vilified. Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Sunni Islam in 1975, and more recently practicing Sufism. In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. His 1966 statement, "Man, I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong", was one of the more telling remarks of that era. Widespread protests against the Vietnam War had not yet begun, but with that one phrase, Ali articulated the reason to oppose the war for a generation of young Americans, and his words served as a touchstone for the racial and antiwar upheavals that would rock the 1960s. Ali's example inspired Martin Luther King, Jr. – who had been reluctant to alienate the Johnson Administration and its support of the civil rights agenda – to voice his own opposition to

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Laila Ali -- Sorry Mayweather ... My Dad's The Greatest!

Laila Ali
Sorry Mayweather ... My Dad's The Greatest!

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- 150 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- 'TEAM PACQUIAO'

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- 153 days ago
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- 251 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- Pneumonia Lands Champ in Hospital

Muhammad Ali
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- 253 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- CHILLIN' WITH SNOOP ... At High School FB Game

Muhammad Ali
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- 266 days ago
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Muhammad Ali
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- 273 days ago
Laila Ali -- My Dad's Just Fine ... 'He's Sick But He's Alive'

Laila Ali
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- 318 days ago
Snoop Dogg's Son & Muhammad Ali's Grandson -- HS Football Teammates

Snoop Dogg's Son
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- 375 days ago

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