The Mr. International Friendship !!


On January 17, 2012 Muhammad Ali, the former professional boxer turned seventy. Originally christened as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after adopting Islam in 1964.
Muhammad Ali was both idolized and maligned. Ali, who turned to boxing at age eight after a prized bicycle was stolen, brought unprecedented speed and grace to the sport of boxing. Muhammad Ali’s life and career have been scripted exhaustively as much on the front pages of newspapers as on the inside sports pages.
 Ali won the 1960 Rome Olympics light heavyweight gold medal. After defeating Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964, in Miami Beach to claim the world heavyweight title, the new champion announced he was a Muslim and was changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.
In 1967, three years after Ali had won the World Heavyweight Championship, he was publicly vilified for his refusal to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. Ali stated, “I have no quarrel with them, the Viet Cong… No Viet Cong ever called me nigger” – one of the more telling remarks of the era.
Ali’s example inspired Martin Luther King Jr. – who had been supporting the Johnson Administration for its support of the civil rights agenda – to voice his own opposition to the Vietnam war for the first time.
Ali was eventually  arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges. He was stripped of his boxing title. His boxing license was suspended, keeping him out of the ring at what should have been peak years in his career. He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years till his appeal, up to the U.S. Supreme Court, was eventually successful.
Nicknamed “The Greatest,” Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were three with rival Joe Frazier, which are considered among the greatest in boxing history, and one with George Foreman, where he finally regained his stripped titles seven years later.
Ali threw his Olympic gold medal into the Ohio River after being refused service at a ‘whites-only’ restaurant, and fighting with a white gang. He was given a replacement medal at a basketball intermission during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he lit the torch to start the games.
 
Muhammad Ali’s honours include:
• Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Century”
• BBC’s “Sports Personality of the Century”
• GQ magazine’s “Athlete of the Century”
• World Sports Award’s “World Sportsman of the Century”
Muhammad Ali , a leader and a statesman.
Muhammad Ali made goodwill missions to Afghanistan and North Korea; delivered desperately-needed medical supplies to an embargoed Cuba; travelled to Iraq and secured the release of 15 United States hostages during the first Gulf War; and journeyed to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.
Muhammad Ali is a Humanitarian.
Travelling across continents, he personally delivered food and medical supplies to children in Cote D’Ivoire, Indonesia, Mexico, and Morocco among other countries.
For his humanitarian efforts, Muhammad Ali has been the recipient of countless awards. His recognitions include:
• United Nations Messenger of Peace in 1998-2008, for his work with developing nations
• Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the United States of America’s highest civil award
• Amnesty International’s Lifetime Achievement Award
• Germany’s 2005 Otto Hahn Peace Medal, for his involvement in the U.S. civil rights movement and the United Nations
• International Ambassador of Jubilee 2000, a global organization dedicated to relieving debt in developing nations
President Jimmy Carter once cited Muhammad Ali as “Mr. International Friendship.”
Muhammad Ali is an Artist too.
Muhammad Ali has appeared in several motion pictures, and starred in television films including the big-screen adaptation of his first autobiography, The Greatest, playing himself.
His life has been the subject of numerous films, including the Academy Award-winning documentary ‘When We Were Kings’ and Michael Mann’s biographic film , ALI, starring Will Smith.
Muhammad Ali starred in the television film, ‘Freedom Road’, and has made guest numerous appearances on numerous popular television series ranging from ‘Different Strokes’ to ‘Touched by an Angel.’
Muhammad recently published a memoir entitled, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey, in which he discusses the meaning of religion, forgiveness, and some of the defining moments in his life and career. He is also the co-author of ‘Healing: A Journal of Tolerance and Understanding’ and ‘The Greatest: My Own Story.’
Muhammad Ali has nine children, Maryum, Rasheda, Jamillah, Hana, Laila, Khaliah, Miya, Muhammad, and Asaad. Whether promoting tolerance and understanding, feeding the hungry, studying his religion, or reaching out to children in need, Muhammad Ali is devoted to making the world a better place for all people. No athlete has ever contributed more to the life of his country, or the world, than Muhammad Ali.

Muhammad Ali’s success as a boxer is widely respected, but his greatest triumph lies in his legacy as a champion, leader, humanitarian, philanthropist , social activist and artist. His work both inside and outside the ring truly makes Muhammad Ali “The Greatest of All Time.”

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  1. V.E.G.

     /  May 22, 2012

    Best of All, Muhammad Ali is the distant cousin of Jeremiah Alvin Neitz. Neitz saved many lives that day, he is a hero.
    Explanation of the relationship of Jeremiah Alvin Neitz to Muhammad Ali:

    Charles Morehead
    Presley Morehead-(siblings)-Armistead S. Morehead
    James Duncan Morehead -(1st cousin)- Tom Morehead
    Presley Leland Morehead-(2nd cousin)- Birdie Morehead
    James Thomas Morehead-(3rd cousin)- Odessa Lee Grady
    Mary Ellen Morehead-(4th cousin)-Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr/Muhammad Ali
    Michael J. Neitz-(4th cousin once removed) -Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr/Muhammad Ali
    Jeremiah Alvin Neitz (4th cousin twice removed) -Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr/Muhammad Ali

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