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

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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?”

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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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