Muhammad Ali, A Giant Among Men
The Greatest is gone.
Google these words and understand his impact.
I've never been much of a sports fanatic, but I always considered boxing a favorite. I was somewhat of a hot-head on the inside and liked the idea of hitting my anger and the release you get from letting go. During childhood, I knew one girl who actually participated in the sport and was so amazed. I began to do my research: equipment, training, key players, divisions and levels, I searched it all. Growing up, I'd always heard of Muhammad Ali, but didn't too much KNOW him, so I researched some more and was blown away.
Not only did Ali's abilities inspire me, but his heart both in the ring and in the community resonated with me. If nothing else, he taught us all to embrace our BLACKNESS. As I aged, I become more aware of society, ideals and the way the world perceives different things. This man refused to fight, he stood up for what he believed in. His courage, his heart, and his ideals were his claim to fame. He was indeed, a giant among men even if he never stepped into the ring.
I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.