African-American Studies

Muhammad Ali: Iconic Athlete And Historical Figure

Throughout his career, famed boxer Muhammad Ali (whose real name is Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) had been known by more than a few to "float like a butterfly, but sting like a bee." In fact, it was during the 1966 heavyweight championship fight he used those now infamous words to taunt opponent Sonny Liston before the big fight. According to stories, Ali's inspiration to become a professional boxer began at the ripe old age of 12, when the skinny little boy told a local police officer he would beat up the person who stole his bike. The cop's advice: first, learn to fight.

Since his start, Ali built a legacy of monumental wins as a boxer; a legacy that eventually made him a legendary historical figure. Yet, like many professional athletes, Ali had his fair share of troubles and controversies, including that of cheating and unsportsmanlike conduct. The iconic athlete passed away on June 3, 2016.

Watch And Learn: Our Favorite Videos About Muhammad Ali

A Short Biography Of Muhammad Ali

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10 Of The Greatest Muhammad Ali Quotes

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Muhammad Ali And The Athlete As Role Model

Ali was much more than just an athlete during and after his boxing career.

Written by Curiosity Staff January 15, 2015

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