By Jonah Winter
In the heritage of mythical boxers, there has been Joe Louis and Sonny Liston . . . after which, "the heavens unfolded, and there seemed an outstanding guy descending on a cloud, jump-roping into the dominion of Boxing. And he used to be referred to as Cassius Clay." Clay permit each person recognize that he used to be the best boxer on the earth. He switched over to the kingdom of Islam, refused to be drafted right into a warfare during which he did not think, and boxed his as far back as the pinnacle after being stripped of his name. the fellow that got here to be often called Muhammad Ali used to be heard in a voice nobody will ever disregard.
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And this made some people mad and very mad. Boxers were supposed to be big dumb brutes. African Americans were supposed to know their place and keep their mouths shut. But Muhammad Ali was a new kind of boxer— and a new kind of person. And he was creating a new way for African Americans to be: PROUD, STRONG, and WILLING TO FIGHT. Then one day it came to pass that the American army told him he must fight in a war. Muhammad Ali said, NO. Boxing was one thing, but killing people was wrong. And so … the greatest boxer who ever lived was hauled into a courtroom, where he was banished from the Kingdom of Boxing, and stripped of his title, Heavyweight Champion of the World.
And Cassius Clay said, And there before the masses stood a great shining man, clad in white silk. With a voice as beautiful as rivers, Cassius Clay announced that he was changing his name. Clay had been the name of the white slave master who had owned his African ancestors. From this moment on, he would no longer use a white man’s name. With flashbulbs flashing, Cassius Clay announced his brand-new name: This name came from his new religion: Islam. Islam was from Africa, the homeland of his ancestors, before they were brought to America in slave boats.
Roca, François, ill. II. Title. 83092—dc22 [B] 2006101855 The illustrations are rendered in oil paint. 1 Title Page Copyright First Page About the Text About the Author IN THE BEGINNING was Jack Johnson, and Jack Johnson was THE MAN— the first black king in the Kingdom of Boxing. But after defeating the Great White Hope… Jack Johnson was hated and booed all over America just for the color of his skin and for acting proud— and so he wandered off to a distant land. And some many years later, in a different age, God said, LET THERE BE JOE LOUIS, for the world was now ready for another black champion.