Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay Jr. He was named after his father who was named by his father, that was a slave, after a Kentucky planter and politician who worked for the abolition of slavery in the mid 1800’s. Muhammed Ali was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. He is also arguably the best boxer of all time. Ali was known for his loud outspoken, inspiring, and sometimes controversial personality. He was a polarizing figure inside and out of the boxing ring. Ali was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He took up boxing at the age of 12, and when he was 18 he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Later that year after winning a gold medal he turned professional and 4 years later won the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles. In 1962, he met Malcolm X, an African American minister and human rights activist. Soon after he was allowed entry to the Nation of Islam and started practicing Sunni Islam. He then changed his name to Muhammad (meaning one who is worthy of praise) Ali (Ali is the most important figure after Muhammad in Shia view and fourth rightly guided caliph in Sunni view). Ali stated at the time that Malcolm X was his spiritual and political mentor. Ali was a big figure in the 1960’s during the Civil rights move...
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...ple and helping to make peace. Muhammad Ali once said "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.” In 1980, he visited Kenya and successfully convinced the government to boycott the Moscow Olympics (in response to the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan). On January 19, 1981, in Los Angeles, Ali talked a suicidal man down from jumping off a ninth-floor ledge, an event that made national news.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson 's syndrome in 1984, a disease that sometimes results from head trauma from activities such as boxing. Ali was hospitalized in Scottsdale on June 2, 2016, with a respiratory illness. Though his condition was initially described as "fair", it worsened and he passed away the following day, at the age of 74, from septic shock.
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