Marcellus Clay Jr. “Muhammad Ali“
Ali was born on January 17, 1942.He was born in Louisville,
Kentucky being named after his father Cassius Marcellus Clay
Sr. He changed his name after he joined the Nation of Islam
in 1964. He then converted to being Islamic in 1975.
a high school drop out. They are not really sure why, but they
think it had to deal with his bad grades.
he was going to join the military but Muhammad failed the military
test because his spelling wasn’t so great, but in 1966
they changed the test but he refused to take it because when
he converted to Sunni Islamic, it went against the teachings
in the Holy Qur’an. At his induction into the U.S. Armed
Forces, he refused to come forward when they called his name.
He was warned that it was a felony, and would be prison time
and a fine. He still chose not to step forward.
to go to court and Ali was found guilty. But Ali took it to
the supreme courts. He wasn’t allowed to box because he
got his boxing license denied but in Georgia, it was different.
So he beat Jerry Quan and after that, the Supreme Court came
to a decision that it was unfair to take his boxing license
away. He was now able to fight in New York. He then fought Oscar
Bonavena as the Madison Square Garden and beat him in 14 rounds,
and then, the biggest fight for the title, Muhammad Ali vs.
8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden, they both met in the ring.
Many people know this fight as “The Fight of the Century”.
Frazier beat Ali in an unominous decision and took away Ali’s
later on in his career, he faced, Jimmy Young, who later on
beat George Foreman, seemed to have made Ali, a little bit slower
and badly affected him.
he found out that he had Parkinson’s disease, like the
actor Michael J. Fox. It affected his muscles and speech plus
his motor functions. It was really bad and then soon changed
to Pugilistic Parkinson’s syndrome.
up for his belief's and sacrificed a lot for them.Great men
are considered great, not only because of what they do, but
also because of what they had to do to get to their final destination.
Muhammad Ali had a rough journey and is a big impact in both
to civil rights and to boxing. Rather than what he is like now
with Parkinson's Disease, we should remember the memory of Ali
as a warrior and as icon of America.