This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Muhammad Ali Essay

1377 words - 6 pages

The greatest mystery of the 1996 Olympic summer games in Atlanta, was solved at 28 minutes past midnight the day of the opening ceremony. The crowd erupted when the Olympic torch was passed to Muhammad Ali. The Olympic gold medal boxer Muhammad Ali lifted the torch and trembled before a crowd screaming 'Ali'. He then sent the fire soaring high above the stadium to ignite the ceremonial Olympic cauldron. This moment was truly one of the finest ever to many sports fan, considering the tragedy Ali has been through, he still executed the mission as a true champion.

        Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, KY., on January 17, 1942. He grew up in a poor family. His ...view middle of the document...

At this point Ali wanted to take a stand against the discrimination of the blacks in the US, and did so by his actions.

        By the age of 22 Clay had a professional boxing record of 19 wins and no loss. On February 25, 1964, Ali got the chance to fight for the world heavyweight championship. Despite his prior record, Ali was considered to be the underdog, few "experts" gave him a chance. Before the fight Ali used the media to psyche Sonny Liston, and this was going to be a character of Muhammad Ali. He proclaimed that 'Sonny will fall in four'. Ali entered the ring as a 7-1 underdog to the fearsome Heavyweight Champion Charles 'Sonny' Liston. Ali used his speed and movement to thoroughly outbox the champion, who retires on his stool after the sixth round. Ali became the second youngest champion in history. After the fight Ali told the world his name now is Muhammad Ali and he has joined the Nation of Islam, a move that had a significant effect on his career.

        As a champion Ali now recognized his power in society, he used this power to support and speak for the Civil Rights. These actions were something the white society feared and disliked. Ali became a political symbol of the black society, maybe the person who influenced blacks the most after Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

        During the nextcoming three years, Ali defended his title nine times including the match where Ali outpointed Ernie Terrell and became the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world.

        On April 28, 1967, one of the most controversial loss of the heavyweight title in boxing history, happened. Ali had been drafted by the army for induction into military service to fight in the Vietnam war. He refused to step forward when called, on grounds of his religious beliefs. Ali was immediately stripped of his heavyweight title, and received a five year prison sentence, which he immediately appeals. Ali had no more fights for the rest of 1967, nor any fights in 1968 and 1969, as he lost his peak physical years as a boxer to fight against his conviction. Whether Ali did right or wrong, I do not know, but he took his punishment for something he believed in, but we must remember the facts of the case.
-Ali claimed he could not fight in the Vietnam war on grounds of his religious beliefs.
-He had already taken his physical army test and did not qualify. His intelligence test had shown up in the 35th percentile, and to qualify you had to be in the 55th, or higher.
-Most of the persons who became drafted were of the ages among 18-22, Ali was 25.
-At this time a lot of black activists conveniently got their draft orders, and had to go to...

Other Essays On MUHAMMAD ALI

Textual Analysis of Apple's Think Different Campaign - English Composition - Textual Analysis

638 words - 3 pages . The grainy quality of the images feels almost organic in nature. Muhammad Ali floats like a butterfly and we are entranced. The voice-over continues, and we are shown an image of Mahatma Gandhi staring candidly into the camera, and we are compelled to be one of the crazy ones, one of the troublemakers, a round peg in a square hole all for the purpose of bringing about change. Is change really what this advertisement is selling? The sheer genius

mkvemdkcmasmdkwmskwm makmdwkmk kososososm - Spjofmwkan - FWT

4982 words - 20 pages , the Songhai, captured Timbuktu. Their leader, Sunni Ali, founded a new West African empire. The Empire of Songhai, 1464–1591 The Songhai were great traders and warriors. They had seceded from Mali in 1375. Under Sunni Ali, who reigned from 1464 to 1492, they built the last and largest of the western Sudanese empires (see Map 1–4). Sunni Ali required conquered peoples to pay tribute, but other- wise let them run their own affairs. When Sunni Ali

iboo7iyfu6tghcjhcjgjhgccjhgchchgchj - coconut creek high - essay

2294 words - 10 pages civil rights protests were wildly unpopular when they were occurring — go back and research the polls and opinions of the time — but are now viewed as righteous and essential to our ongoing struggle for equality. The NFL protests will be viewed much the same way through the lens of history. Nike has recognized as much, betting a very large and prominent endorsement deal that Kaepernick will one day be seen much like Muhammad Ali. A rabble rouser who

Combined cooling and heating power - University - Essay

1486 words - 6 pages Study Plan Introduction I am Taimoor Mohsin son of Mr. Muhammad Mohsin Ali who passed Msc geography from university of Punjab, Lahore as a regular student and served in education branch of the Pakistan Air force (PAF) for about 42 years. I completed my secondary education from PAF institute in English medium. After that I earned my Bachelor’s degree with specialization in electronics and my Master’s degree with specialization in Electrical

Character In "The Yellow Wallpaper" By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1587 words - 7 pages The short story 'The Yellow Wall-Paper' written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a cry for freedom. This story is about a woman who fights for her right to express what she feels, and fights for her right to do what she wants to do. The narrator in this short story is a woman whose husband loves her very much, but oppresses her to the point where she cannot take it anymore. This story revolves around the main character, her oppressed life, and her

Edgar Allen Poe's View Of Death In "The Fall Of The House Of Usher"

1836 words - 8 pages Edgar Allen Poe's Symbolism of Death in 'The Fall of the House of Usher'Death is defined as, 'The termination or extinction of something' (American Heritage Dictionary). Edgar Allen Poe uses this description in 'The Fall of the House of Usher' in different ways. Poe's intention when writing 'The Fall of the House of Usher' was not to present a moral, lesson, or truth to the reader; he was simply trying to bring forth a sense of terror to the

"Slaughterhouse Five" By Vonnegut

2264 words - 10 pages When one begins to analyze a military novel it is important to first look at the historical context in which the book was written. On the nights of February 13-14 in 1944 the city of Dresden, Germany was subjected to one of the worst air attacks in the history of man. By the end of the bombing 135,000 to 250,000 people had been killed by the combined forces of the United States and the United Kingdom. Dresden was different then Berlin or many of

Psychoanalysis And Freud

2420 words - 10 pages Psychoanalysis is a system of psychology originated by the Viennese physician Sigmund FREUD in the 1890's and then further developed by himself, his students, and other followers. It consists of three kinds of related activities: (1) a method for research into the human mind, especially inner experiences such as thoughts, feelings, emotions, fantasies, and dreams; (2) a systematic accumulation of a body of knowledge about the mind; and (3) a

Comparative Essay. "Heart Of Darkness" By Joseph Conrad And William Golding's "Lord Of The Flies"

2729 words - 11 pages It can be said that a certain degree of darkness lies within every person, but this darkness will not surface unless given the correct environment. The darkness, however, can emerge and ultimately destroy the person if not checked by reason. If one's inner darkness does surface, the victim then is given the opportunity to reach a point in personal growth, and to gain a sense of self-knowledge from it. That is, when one's darkness appears, one

This Is An Essay On The Woman In The Odyssey And Their Influences On His Travels

993 words - 4 pages The Odyssey is an epic about a Greek warrior in the Trojan War whose wanderings around his known world and his perilous encounters are the basis of the story. Odysseus' absence from his home is prolonged by the influences of the women whom he encounters.In this epic, several female characters had a profound effect on the plot. They wielded their influence through typically feminine skills and attributes: seduction, supernatural powers

Title:Aggressive and Passive. Compare characters in the Handmaid's Tail between Hamlet. Offred is aggressive while Ophelia is passive

537 words - 3 pages Aggressive and PassiveAggressive and Passive are two inverse attitudes to things, events or life. They cause different results. Offred and Ophelia are two women who have contrary destinies because of their different attitudes.Offred is a powerless woman in "the Handmaid's Tale". She's a handmaid of a commander in Gilead. She has no freedom. She belongs to him as a property. Her only duty is to have sex with the commander and give birth to a baby

Similar Papers

Muhammad Ali Fight With Vietname Texas City Us Hisory Essay

412 words - 2 pages Muhammad Ali refused to fight in Vietnam Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 14, 1942, the future three-time world champ changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam. He scored a gold medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome and made his professional boxing debut against Tunney Husaker on October 29, 1960, winning the bout in six rounds. On February 25, 1964, he defeated the heavily favored

Teaching Of Muhammad Essay

730 words - 3 pages Rafael SchottThe Rise of Islam1) When Muhammad was around the age of 40, overnight he heard when a voice called him while he meditated. This voice was of the Angel Gabriel who told Muhammad he was a messenger of the God. Muhammad came to believe that the God who spoke to him was Allah and that he was the last of the prophets. Muhammad then began teachings of Allah and that Allah was the only God and all others must be abandoned. Muhammad

Religious Studies How Is Shia'ism Presented In Islam Yr 13 Research Paper

3674 words - 15 pages – Shi’a’s add the following words; Ali is the guidance of God. This reflects the importance of Ali who in their eyes was chosen by Muhammad to succeed him. · The Ismaili pillars are different in the sense that Ismaili’s follow the interpretation of their Imam which can vary. · Ismaili’s place the spiritual aspect of the pillars higher than the physical aspect. · This is why some Ismaili’s practice the greater fast of avoiding backbiting, swearing and

Racism, We All Need To Stand Up To It Rangiora High Speech

448 words - 2 pages taught that they are ‘right’, but they are the opposite of right. Being different in today's society is scary and if we are different, we are punished. Racism is something that should never have happened and should not be continuing now. “Hating people because of their colour is wrong. And it doesn't matter which colour does the hating. It's just plain wrong”, is a quote by Muhammad Ali that I think everyone should live by. No matter what colour we are, we are all the same and it is these labels that the world feeds us that makes us feel different. But, these labels are harmful both to society and the individual person.