September 14, 2012 |
Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest sportsman to grace the international stage, received the Liberty Medal on Thursday at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center. The honor is bestowed on those who fight for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. A $100,000 cash prize is awarded to the recipient. Ali, now 70 and stricken with Parkinson's disease, did not speak during the ceremony. His wife, Lonnie, and daughter, Laila, spoke on his behalf. "You know, my father loves people and people love my father, and I learned that at a very young age, as people would always come up to him wherever we went," his daughter said.
January 10, 1988
What Muhammad Ali did during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft was offensive to myself and many other Vietnam veterans. To see him in the Rose Parade on a float displaying the American flag was a personal slap in the face. DENNIS MAHONEY MINA Chino Hills
January 21, 2014 |
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is having a TV renaissance. HBO last year premiered "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," a docudrama centered on the legal battle in 1967 that erupted when the heavyweight champion and newly converted Muslim refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War and was stripped of his title. That film, directed by Stephen Frears, focused primarlily on the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the case. Ali is seen in a few film clips but is largely absent from the film. But the athlete is front and center in "The Trials of Muhammad Ail," a documentary that will premiere April 14 on PBS' "Independent Lens.
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December 3, 1996
When Muhammad Ali arrived in Watts to attend a photo exhibit, the usual mob of photographers huddled around him. But for once, they took pictures of his photographer: Howard Bingham. "Look this way, Howard!" they shouted. Bingham, for more then 30 years the personal photographer of "the Greatest," was being honored at the premiere of his exhibition, "A 30-Year Journey." The display of his pictures of Ali runs daily through Feb. 28 at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee Center, 10950 S.
February 23, 2013 |
Muhammad Ali was unable to attend the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation annual Aspire awards event in Baltimore because he could not travel after undergoing a recent undisclosed surgery. Ali and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank were honored Friday night by the Ripken Foundation for their humanitarian efforts. Ali's wife, Lonnie, accepted in his absence. "Sharing a stage with Muhammad Ali is probably about as high as an honor gets,” Plank said. Ali's brother, Rahman, gave interviews earlier this year saying that the former heavyweight champion was near death, but Lonnie Ali and Ali's daughter Laila refuted those claims.
January 17, 2013 |
Muhammad Ali, the self-proclaimed greatest boxer of all time and arguably the greatest sportsman in history, turned 71 today. Ali, who was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Ky., is legendary for his exploits not only inside the ring but outside it as well. He was a brash talker who could back it up in the ring (see tribute video from 2012 above as well as the photo gallery). He won a gold medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics and converted to Islam in 1964, when he changed his name.