From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali
‘Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.’
Born, Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali was an outspoken advocate of Human rights. He made a great impact on the Civil Rights Movement because of his heroic image and well known gift for strong speech.
Floyd McKissick from The Congress of Racial Equality’s (CORE) said about Ali :
“Ali was one of the greatest living Americans because he is one of the few people who lives by his convictions.”
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Editor's note: This interview with filmmaker Bill Siegel is brought to you in partnership with our friends at POV, and…www.pbs.org