Muhammad Ali in Zaire, in 1974 for Rumble in Jungle Boxing Match Against George Foreman

Muhammad Ali, The Greatest,  passed away Friday at the age of 74 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Heavyweight multi-champion, entertainer, civil rights activist, Muhammad Ali symbolized the greatness of humanity, freedom, and self reliance.

Born Cassius Clay, he became a Muslim and adopted the long-lasting name of Muhammad Ali. In rejecting the name of Cassius Clay, he said: "Cassius Clay is a slave name.  I didn't choose it, and I didn't want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, and I insist people using it when speaking to me and of me."

When it came to fighting for what he believed in he did not hesitate to stand firm for his principles. When his number came up for serving in

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