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Then, 1,500 planes would leave the spacecraft, dropping explosives that would destroy all others. These concepts were credited to Nation of Islam founder W. D. Fard and later to Elijah Muhammad but were not found in the Qur’an. Going Public Following his 1964 title win over Sonny Liston, Clay told the press conference that his name was Cassius X and that he was no longer a Christian. MUHA "MMA " D A L- I Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, had controversial views on black and white relations in the United States.
They had two children together, but ultimately divorced in 1986. Later that year, Ali married his fourth wife, Lonnie Williams. They adopted one child together. Unlike the other marriages, Muhammad and Lonnie remain together. MUHAMMAD ALI 41 The army wanted Ali, but he did not want the army. His religion did not allow him to join. ” 4 The Viet Cong were the North Vietnamese guerrilla forces that the US Army was fighting in the war. Although few agreed with the Nation of Islam’s message, Ali’s defiance endeared him to the civil rights protesters who were opposed to the war.
But Ali kept winning, defending his title five times—four of which were by knockouts. Anger raged deep in Ali’s first fight in 1967 against Ernie Terrell. Terrell had been in Golden Gloves when Ali used his given name of Cassius Clay Objecting Like Ali $OL ZDV QRW WKH RQO\ &2 GXULQJ WKH 9LHWQDP :DU 7KH JRYHUQPHQW UHFRJ QL]HG PRUH WKDQ \RXQJ PHQ DV &2V $Q HVWLPDWHG SHRSOH QHYHU UHJLVWHUHG IRU WKH GUDIW 6RPH EXUQHG WKHLU GUDIW FDUGV LQ SURWHVW $Q HVWLPDWHG SHRSOHIOHGWR&DQDGDDQG 6ZHGHQ 42 L E G E N D A R Y AT H L E T E S and still thought of him by his old name.
Muhammad Ali: Boxing Champ & Role Model (Legendary Athletes) by Thomas S. Owens