Muhammad Ali is many things to many people. To some, he is the former heavyweight champion of the world whose boxing matches with the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman represented the high-water mark for the sport. To others, he is a courageous voice for peace that summed up many in his generation’s feelings toward the Vietnam War through his refusal to fight (while to others, that action made him a traitor). To many civil rights scholars, Ali is the force that emboldened Martin Luther King Jr. to speak out more emphatically against war. Still others vividly remember Ali’s presence at the 1996 Olympic Games, where Ali’s determination to light the Olympic cauldron served as a living monument to the human capacity to overcome adversity. These days, Muhammad Ali is probably the world’s most famous philanthropist working to battle Parkinson’s disease, an affliction that slows down—but doesn’t stop—the former champ.
Note: For a time Mohammed Ali lived in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Video Clip taken at Mohammed Ali’s Berrien Springs Home
He also fought Superman!
Photos from the Detroit News.
Also see “Ali’s “Fight Night” Continues Bout with Parkinson’s Disease”, Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire, March 26, 2012.
Brad Meltzer, “Why ‘Superman vs Muhammad Ali’ is still the greatest‘, LATimes, November 15, 2010.