Remembering Muhammad Ali : 10 of His Most Unapologetically Black Quotes That Challenged Systemic Racism


Ali On White Supremacy 

“How could they say that my religion, Islam was a ‘race hate’ religion after all the plunder and enslavement and domination of my people by white Christians in the name of white supremacy?”


Ali On Never Transcending Race 

“I came back to Louisville after the Olympics with my shiny gold medal. Went into a luncheonette where Black folks couldn’t eat. Thought I’d put them on the spot. I sat down and asked for a meal. The Olympic champion wearing his gold medal. They said, ‘We don’t serve n—-s here.’ I said, ‘That’s okay, I don’t eat ’em.’ But they put me out in the street. So I went down to the river, the Ohio River, and threw my gold medal in it.”

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