Colin Harrison 4/8/14
FHE Period 2
Muhammad Ali Speech
Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942. Ali was a world famous boxer who to some is known as the greatest of all time. He showed much courage and integrity during everything that he did, and although he did get a little cocky, many liked him. At this time, Ali unfortunately suffers from Parkinson's disease, which often slurs his speech. During the time of Ali's growth, there were tons of racial conflicts. Some of this time period was called the Civil Rights Movement. The Black and white people were segregated throughout all of the country. This meant that black people could not do certain things and be certain places where whites could. Ali faced many challenges growing up including a time after he won the gold medal for the U.S. in Rome. After coming back, he thought since he had done such a fantastic job, that he would be served at a downtown diner.
After he walked into the diner and tried to order, he was denied any food. Ali later threw his gold medal into the Ohio River. African American all around the country have continuously fought for civil rights and the equal treatment of all races. Many began preaching these opinions because they found that it was not fair that the white people had access to things that the blacks didn't. During the time period, many important events took place such as the NAACP field secretary was assassinated, Four Black girls are murdered attending Sunday school in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and Martin Luther King Jr. gave his very well-known "I have a Dream" speech. Ali not only contributed with the Civil Rights Movement by making public...