"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing!”
At 12 years of age after his new Schwinn bike was stolen, Cassius Marcellus Clay-later Mohammed Ali, born in 1942, stumbled upon a gym and found the sport of boxing.
Considered “the greatest” among heavyweight boxers in history, winning the championship three times, his skill and strategy in the ring-such as winning to Sonny Liston in 1964 by tiring him out through ‘rope a dope’ and his continued comebacks until almost the time he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, makes Muhammad Ali’s legacy as a remarkable and skilled boxer, a free thinker, a philanthropist and social activist, always remembered.
A political activist in 1967, he objected to being drafted into the military/Vietnam on religious grounds, he converted to Sunni Islam in 1975 and changed his name. In 2015, he was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, by President George W. Bush.