Portrait by Robert Shetterly courtesy of Americans Who Tell the Truth.
Boxer : b. 1942 - 2016
If I thought going to war would bring freedom and equality to twenty-two million of my people, they wouldn’t have to draft me. I’d join tomorrow. But I either have to obey the laws of the land or the laws of Allah. I have nothing to lose by standing up and following my beliefs. We’ve been in jail for four hundred years.
Learn more about Muhammad Ali on the Americans Who Tell the Truth website.
If you will be visiting the Muhammad Ali Center, please use the assignment below to further your learning and amplify your experience.
Watch the series, Muhammad Ali: A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, & David McMahon, to learn more about the life and career of Muhammad Ali. This series is available through Films on Demand, but you may be prompted to log in with your Jefferson username and password.
The two-part series, What's My Name: Muhammad Ali, dives deep into the life and times of Muhammad Ali. This series is available through Films on Demand, but you may be prompted to log in with your Jefferson username and password.
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