Muhammad Ali was a black hero figure to me as a kid. Not only was he a hero in America but to all men of color across continents.
I liked Ali’s boldness and that he could deliver on his promises. He was a very outspoken, proud individual who was controversial. He was inspirational in the sense that he lived his dream and was dedicated to the vision that he was “The Greatest”.
During the time I came across his book (which was a Xmas gift from a client) I was having personal struggles of my own as an adult deciding upon a career option. I remembered that Ali followed his dream. As a result I wound up in graduate school for clinical psychology.
“I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.” Celebrating Ali’s 70 years. The Mirror
“The Cruelest Sport,” Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
“Sports Columnist Dave Zirin on Muhammad Ali’s Career and His Groundbreaking Political Involvement,” Democracy Now
“The Importance of Muhammad Ali,” Thomas Hauser, The Gilder Lehrman Institue of American History