Muhammad Ali: Boxing legend dies at the age of 74

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Don't count the days, make the days count.

Ain't no Vietnamese ever called me  a  "nigger".

It’s not the mountain that will wear you down,  it's the pebble in your shoe.

January 17, 1942  - June 3, 2016

More? Perhaps in another post , at another time.

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Comment by greenheron on June 4, 2016 at 5:28am

"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life."

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 4, 2016 at 6:34am

He also didn't care about only his own self.  He stood up for all people of color.  RIP, Champ.

Comment by alsoknownas on June 4, 2016 at 7:26am

Quite saddened.

Comment by Dandy Lion on June 4, 2016 at 7:40am

He was certainly an iconic figure of our age.  For much of his life he was the most famous, most recognizable person in the world.  Along with the Beatles he heralded a massive shift of older attitudes and the cliques who controlled so many fields.  His opposition to the Vietnam war was principled and cost him more than three of his prime years.  He certainly made his mark on the world and it was a great one.  I expect we'll be swamped with tributes and memorials and I hope a longer post from you is among them.  Of course, some will exploit his death for their own agendas.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 4, 2016 at 8:23am

The man was tested more than the boxer.  His career was gutted because he refused conscription into the US military.  He did not fight from March 1967 to October 1970—from ages 25 to almost 29—as his case worked its way through the appeals process. In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction in a unanimous 8-0 ruling, (Thurgood Marshall recused himself, as he had been the U.S. Solicitor General at the time of Ali's conviction).

Many Americans loathed him for many reasons, but over time he became one of the most admired and recognized American citizen in the entire world. In many African homes two photos were on display JFK and Mohammad Ali.  His friends said he often couldn't get to sleep because he worried about children who couldn't get enough food or shelter.

Comment by marilyn sands on June 4, 2016 at 8:59am

My father was a big boxing fan & I watched him watch Ali - then Cassius Clay; sting like a bee!  R&L

Comment by nerd cred on June 4, 2016 at 11:15am

He was supposed to be exempt.

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