Muhammad Ali

I had chosen Muhammad Ali as the 5th best leader since the 20th century he has fought in the ring but enacted peace outside the ring.

Muhammad Ali was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and is frequently ranked as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. 

Many people only remember Ali as the greatest boxer to live, from just his life in boxing people have made him to be their idol. Once people find out what he has done outside the ring, they make him their hero.  

Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest boxers in history, the first fighter to win the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions. In addition, he was known for his social message of Black pride and Black resistance to white domination and for refusing induction into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. 

Muhammad Ali spoke on black Americans and civil rights, during the Korean war he refused to participate in the war. he had been imprisoned and when he was released he talked and motivated many people to enact civil rights and spoke on many topics about racism towards African Americans. many people referred to him as MLK 2. he had motivated other to help the less fortunate and be kind hearted to one another as for we are all human no better or less than the other.

Muhammad Ali left a legacy so big not only in the political system but also in the sport industry. Mike Tyson is who he is today because of Ali. Arnold S was inspired by Ali and had accomplished many things, Ali influenced millions of lives and impacted how others see and treat African Americans.

He has since devoted his life to helping promote world peace, civil rights, cross-cultural understanding, interfaith relations, humanitarianism, hunger relief, and the commonality of basic human values. His work as an ambassador for peace began in 1985, when he flew to Lebanon to secure the release of four hostages. 

Ali also has made goodwill missions to Afghanistan and North Korea; delivered medical aid to Cuba; traveled to Iraq to secure the release of 15 United States hostages during the first Gulf War; and journeyed to South Africa to meet Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison.

Muhammad Ali had converted to Islam in 1961 and changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.  

He quoted; “I am not a white man, do not give me a white man’s name.” 

A month after defeating Liston, he told the world that his name was Muhammad Ali. Regarding the name Cassius Clay, Ali told the world, “I didn’t choose it and I don’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name, it means beloved of God, and I insist people use it when people speak to me.” 

In addition to his international efforts, Ali is equally devoted to helping charities at home. He has visited countless numbers of soup kitchens and hospitals and helped organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Special Olympics. 

I chose Ali as one of the greatest leaders because he has been unrecognized for his leadership. Many people only knew Ali for the greatest boxer to live, no one talked about what he did on the outside of the ring. Ali has helped promote world peace, civil rights, cross-cultural understanding, interfaith relations, humanitarianism, hunger relief, and the commonality of basic human values. He had great leadership skills and had amazing ideals bringing communities together.