“God don’t praise me because I beat Joe Frazier, God don’t give nothing about Joe Frazier. God don’t care nothing about England or America; as far your wealth, it’s all here. He wants to know how did we treat each other, how did we help each other. So, I’m going to dedicate my life to using my name and popularity to helping charities, helping people, uniting people. People bombing each other because of religious beliefs; we need somebody in the world to help make peace. So when I die, if there’s a heaven, I want to see it.”
– Muhammad Ali
A lot of us, myself included, are still in mourning over the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. I’m almost certain that there will be an abundance of tributes from the many who respected his athleticism, philanthropy, and social activism. Ali was one of the few athletes to use his platform to speak out against the injustices that, unfortunately, still take place in this country, and his courage to do so made him a champion outside of the ring. I want to share with you all a clip from a 1977 interview that took place in Newcastle, UK. Ali discusses his life plans after he retires from boxing and spreads a universal message that is much needed today. He will be deeply missed and his legacy will live on forever.
Rest In Peace, Champ!