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Muhammad Ali It has been said that there are few opportunities in life to prove yourself a man Muhammad Ali took advantage of every one that came his way in doing so became loved by not only his countrymen but also the world and became immortal in his own time In a world where the most of the global population is living in poverty it seems that people all over are in need of hope Muhammad Ali did just that he provided hope to a desperate world In the 1960s the country was being torn apart Poverty on city streets were rising racial tension was quickly coming to a head and the US government was killing American youth in what many people thought was an immoral profit driven war overseas The emergence of a young Cassius Clay coincided with the many American white peoples fear of growing strength and aggression in the black community towards an oppressive and often racist social and economic system It was this same White America that had cheered young Cassius to a gold metal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and then turned their backs on him when he joined a radical black separatist movement and changed his name to Muhammad Ali With this same action he had swept him self in controversy with the white majority who now viewed him as a hostile militant black threat In the black community this militant black Muslim was revered as a hero the refreshing voice that socially oppressed blacks needed It was this voice that told black women that they were just as beautiful as white women that black men could survive without whites it was also the voice that said black men will not fight the rich mans economic war in Vietnam It was Muhammad Ali that angered white America by flat out refused to be inducted into the Army based on his religious beliefs Ali stood against the strongest
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