Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American Olympic and professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.
Motivation for black athletes everywhere. Ali overcame racism in the 60's and 70's, jailed for his views but never looked back and became the GOAT (greatest of all time) he used his frustration to fuel the fire.
The media described him as TRANSCENDING RACE" words that should've NEVER been used to describe our hero! In 1967, Ali was an enemy of the State. In 1996, he lit the Olympic torch. The world changed. Not Ali. That's a testament to his character.