Muhammad Ali

Bonnie Schiffman (American, b. 1950)
Archival inkjet print
Image : 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (39.37 x 39.37 cm)
Work : 22 x 17 in. (55.88 x 43.18 cm)
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Gift of the Artist
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Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) was a great American boxer, civil rights activist and philanthropist. Born Cassius Clay, he chose the name Muhammad Ali after converting to Islam in 1961. Ali began boxing at age twelve, won an Olympic gold medal at age eighteen, and went on to an illustrious professional boxing career that included more than twenty heavyweight championship belts. He was a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement from the early 1960s onward, and engaged in a lengthy legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court over his conscientious objections to the Vietnam War. After Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1984, he became an advocate working to raise awareness and funding to find a cure for that disease. He was a generous philanthropist and gave away much of the money he earned during his boxing career to support various humanitarian causes.

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