Educator Resources for Muhammad Ali

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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! There's never been another like Muhammad Ali. Born Cassius Clay, the boy who would become a champion boxer grew up in the shadow of the Jim Crow South, and was shaped by its injustices. But Clay was destined for Olympic gold and worldwide celebrity. His lightning-fast reflexes in the ring drew him into the spotlight, and his quick wit and sharp tongue helped him stay there. Clay drew widespread criticism when he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Ali. When he refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War, he was barred from boxing for the best years of his career. Ali eventually renounced his radical politics, and a Supreme Court victory put him back in the ring. He went on to deliver some of the most memorable fights of his career. In retirement, Ali continued to speak out for equality all over the world. Join Tim and Moby to hear the story of this beloved athlete and activist.

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