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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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Muhammad Ali's Daughter -- 'He's Doing So Much Better ... My Daddy's a Strong Man'

Muhammad Ali's Daughter:
'He's Doing So Much Better' 'My Daddy's a Strong Man'

Muhammad Ali's daughter tells TMZ Sports ... the boxing icon is "doing so much better" following a bout with pneumonia over the weekend ... but says she's not surprised by his quick recovery.We… READ MORE >

Muhammad Ali -- Pneumonia Lands Champ in Hospital

Muhammad Ali
Pneumonia Lands Champ in Hospital

Muhammad Ali is in a hospital battling pneumonia -- but doctors expect him to make a full recovery.72-year-old Ali was admitted to an undisclosed hospital early Saturday morning ... according to a… READ MORE >

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

Muhammad Ali
CHILLIN' WITH SNOOP DOGG At HS Football Game

Muhammad Ali and Snoop Dogg -- SAT TOGETHER -- at the freezing cold high school state championship game in Reno, Nevada this weekend ... as their superstar kin DOMINATED on the field. As we first… READ MORE >

- 22 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- MY FIRST SELFIE ... Is the Greatest!

Muhammad Ali
MY FIRST SELFIE ... Is the Greatest!

He's only been on Instagram for 3 weeks, but Muhammad Ali has already posted his very first selfie. The 72-year-old champ was decked out in Louisville shirt to cheer on the Cardinals as they… READ MORE >

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

Laila Ali
My Dad's Just Fine 'He's Sick But He's Alive'

Muhammad Ali is sick ... but he's alive ... so says the Champ's daughter Laila Ali.  "He's good," Laila said at LAX on Thursday ... "Rumors about [his health] every year come out." The latest… READ MORE >

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

Snoop Dogg's Son
& Muhammad Ali's Grandson HS Football Teammates

What do Muhammad Ali and Snoop Dogg have in common? They're both gonna be rooting for Bishop Gormon High School this year ... where Snoop's son and Ali's grandson are teammates on the varsity… READ MORE >

- 130 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- HUGE BASKETBALL FAN ... Rooting for Kentucky

Muhammad Ali
HUGE BASKETBALL FAN ... Rooting for Kentucky

The University of Kentucky has a huge fan pulling for them in tonight's NCAA Championship Game -- Muhammad Ali ... who, it turns out, is a HUUUGE basketball fan ... TMZ Sports has learned. READ MORE >

- 266 days ago
Ken Norton Dead -- Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70

Ken Norton
Ex-Heavyweight Boxing Champ Dies at 70

Former heavyweight boxing champ Ken Norton -- who had 3 classic fights with Muhammad Ali -- died today in Las Vegas ...according to his son.Norton had been in failing health for several years… READ MORE >

- 467 days ago
Muhammad Ali -- 'The Greatest' Arrives in London for Olympics

Muhammad Ali
The Greatest Arrives in London for Olympics

Muhammad Ali ... the GREATEST of All Time ... has arrived in London for the 2012 Summer Games ... 52 years after winning his own gold medal.  Ali was spotted leaving his hotel Tuesday with… READ MORE >

- 887 days ago
Muhammad Ali Sues -- My Old Kentucky Home ... SUCKS!

Muhammad Ali Sues
My Old Kentucky Home ... SUCKS!

Muhammad Ali is ready for another big fight ... because he's suing a married couple that sold him a home that even Ty Pennington couldn't fix.Ali and his wife, Yolanda, claim they bought the… READ MORE >

- 1174 days ago

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