Tiny Navajo Reads: Muhammad Ali

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May 25, 2018 by TinyNavajo

Muhammad Ali by Sybille Titeux de la Croix

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muhammad aliI have heard the name Muhammad Ali since I was little. My dad and my uncle were boxers and boxing coaches when I was small and I grew up knowing that Muhammad Ali was one of the best boxers in the world. I didn’t know much more than that, and he kind of faded from my mind. I then saw this graphic novel in my library one day and checked it out to see what Muhammad Ali was all about. And I learned so much more than the thing we all know him for.

Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay, a boy who rushed into boxing quite by accident after he stole a bike. As he starts boxing and training, he realizes that he seems to have a true gift for boxing. He becomes an Olympic Gold Medalist and Heavyweight World Champion; he becomes a Black Muslim and Civil Rights Activist; he meets and is basically the brother of Malcolm X; he finds and destroys love three times; he is a complex icon but one that nearly everyone knows of, if they don’t know all about him, they know something.

I will say this, I learned so much more about Muhammad Ali than I ever thought I would. Example: I didn’t know that he wasn’t born “Muhammad Ali” but born “Cassius Clay,” and the reason for changing his name was his joining the Muslim religion. I didn’t know this, and I didn’t know that he was a Civil Rights Activists, and I didn’t know a million other things about his life other than he was a great boxer. I enjoyed learning about his life, and learning that he is more than a great boxer. Yes, boxing was a major part of his life, but it wasn’t the only thing in his life. No one is just one aspect of themselves.

What historical figure do you wish you knew more about? How would you like to learn about them? Comment below and let me know!

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