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date: 22 January 2020

Ali, Muhammadfree

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Louisville, Ky, 17 Jan. 1942; s of Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr and Odessa L. Clay (née Grady); changed name on conversion to Islam, 1964; m 1st, 1964, Sonji Roi (marr. diss. 1966); 2nd, 1967, Belinda Kalilah Boyd (marr. diss. 1977); one s three d (incl. twin d); 3rd, 1977, Veronica Porche (marr. diss. 1986); four d; 4th, 1986, Yolanda Williams; one s; died 3 June 2016

former professional heavyweight boxer

Education

Central High Sch., Louisville

Career

Amateur boxer, 1954–60; Gold Medal, Light Heavyweight Boxing, Olympic Games, Rome, 1960; turned professional, 1960: 61 bouts; 37 knockouts; won 19 by decision; World Heavyweight Champion, 1964, 1974, 1978. Special Envoy of US Pres. to Africa, 1980, to Iraq, 1990; Messenger of Peace, UN, 2000. Films: The Greatest, 1977; Freedom Road, 1979. Lifetime Achievement Award, Amnesty Internat. US Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2005

Publications

(with Richard Durham) The Greatest: my own story, 1975; (with T. Hauser) Healing, 1996; (with Hana Ali) More than a Hero, 2000; (with Hana Ali) The Soul of a Butterfly, 2004

Address

PO Box 160, Berrien Springs, MI 49103, USA