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R.I.P. You were a legend and a hero.

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Date: 2016-06-04 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
Honestly, I don't know a great deal about Ali - I think because I have an aversion to boxing. What stands out to you most about him?

Date: 2016-06-04 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
In addition to his achievements in the ring, he was an important activist, standing for civil rights and against the Vietnam War - a stance that cost him some of the most important years of his career as a boxer. He also spent much of his life advocating for humanitarian causes and giving selflessly of his money and time and what precious little health he had after Parkinson's disease claimed him.


Gabrielle

Date: 2016-06-04 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
I would never have pegged you as a boxing fan. But I can appreciate that he left his mark on the world in many areas. It's sad that he spent so many years in ill health and left way too early.

Date: 2016-06-04 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
I know. It shocks everyone, but I've been a boxing fan since childhood. If memory serves, my Grandfather introduced me to it and it remains the only sport that interests me in any way.


Gabrielle

Date: 2016-06-04 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
So many things...his refusal to be drafted in opposition to the war in Vietnam, which resulted in the denial of his boxing license and the loss of years of his career when he was in his athletic prime...the fact that he spoke out fearlessly against the establishment on behalf of African Americans...he was a man who demonstrated the courage of his convictions, time and time again.

Date: 2016-06-04 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
I guess I had an awareness of that as sort of a background thing. But I never really zeroed in on him as the inspiration and agent of change that he obviously was.

Date: 2016-06-04 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
Yes he was. As a boxing fan, I have to mourn the passing of a legend.


Gabrielle
Edited Date: 2016-06-04 07:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-06-04 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
The above reply was meant for chasingdemons, but for some reason it won't post as a reply to her.

Date: 2016-06-04 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
Obviously, we agree!

Date: 2016-06-04 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
Yes we do!

The heavyweight division has never been my favorite, but there's no denying his extraordinary skill. Add that to his achievements outside the ring and you have a man who leaves a hole in the world that will remain empty and echoing now that he is gone.


Gabrielle

Date: 2016-06-13 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feliciacraft.livejournal.com
Sigh. 2016 has not been a good year. Too many deaths. :(

Date: 2016-06-14 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baudown.livejournal.com
I can't even believe what's happened over the last couple of days.

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