“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” – Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is known for being the greatest boxer of all time, but he changed the world when it comes to religion, race, and politics. This is a compelling reason for me to choose Muhammad Ali as my eminent person for this year. Ali and I share some similarities and some differences, as shown below.
|Muhammad Ali||Jayden Singh (Me)|
|Racial Minority in America||Racial Minority in Canada|
|Born in Louisville, Kentucky (1942)||Born in Vancouver, British Columbia (2003)|
|Interested in Sports||Interested in Sports|
|Gifted Boxer||Gifted Learner|
|3x World Heavyweight Boxing Champion||3x Kahoot Champion|
Muhammad Ali was a determined, hard-working, resilient individual. These are qualities that I hope to emulate in my life. Ali wasn’t afraid to speak his beliefs, which is a goal that I have for myself in this TALONS year. Although Ali and I share some similarities, we have some differences that I will need to address in my speech on Night of the Notables. For example, we are both racial minorities, but Ali grew up in America in the 1940s. The 40s were a time of racial segregation in America, which was much more difficult to live through compared to Canada in 2018. Ali was also Islamic and had much different religious views from me. I will address these differences by doing extensive research into Muhammad Ali’s upbringing and religious views in order to deliver an accurate portrayal of him on Night of the Notables.
Boxing was changed substantially by Muhammad Ali; Ali was the first fighter to win the heavyweight title three times. Ali was also interesting to watch both in and out of the ring due to his entertaining nature and the way he would interact with the media. The world as a whole was impacted by Muhammad Ali when he refused to serve in the military during the Vietnam War, citing religious reasons. Another explanation Ali gave for his refusal to serve was that he felt it was wrong to go fight in Vietnam while African Americans “[were] treated like dogs and denied simple human rights”. For his statements and refusal to serve in the war, Ali was arrested, suspended from boxing, and stripped of his boxing titles. Muhammad Ali never gave up; he wanted his heavyweight title back but feared losing to George Foreman in the championship match. Ali overcame his suspension by defeating Foreman and becoming the World Heavyweight Champion once again. Ali’s decisions will impact the world for decades to come thanks to other athletes who decide to stand up for their beliefs, like Muhammad Ali did. Unlike other boxers and athletes of the time, Muhammad Ali was not afraid to stand up to those in power, even if it meant losing some of his popularity, his titles, and his freedom. This is why Ali is worth researching and remembering. A piece of wisdom we can take away from studying Muhammad Ali is that by standing up for what you believe in, you can impact the world for generations to come.
My goal for the next part of my research is to look into what Ali’s upbringing and religious views were like so I can accurately represent him on Night of the Notables. I can’t wait for November 21st!