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Title Becoming Muhammad Ali
Published Australia : SBS 2, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (54 min. 8 sec.) ; 327473068 bytes
Summary Becoming Muhammad Ali is the story of Cassius Clay, the charismatic black boxer from Kentucky, who defied personal and political restraints of the time, to emerge a global hero. Clay endured years of legal segregation in restaurants, rest rooms, stores and hotels - something which continued even after winning a Gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Clay used this natural charm to excite journalists, and he featured in countless interviews on radio, television and in newspapers. In February 1964, after months of publicly provoking then heavy weight champion Sonny Liston, Clay caused a huge upset by defeating Liston in seven rounds.At a press conference shortly after his victory, Clay announced he would no longer use his surname or 'slave name', stating instead that he was to be known as Cassius X. The announcement confirmed speculation he was aligned to the notorious Malcolm X. But when Malcolm X spoke out against Elijah Muhammed, Elijah retaliated by publicly proclaiming Cassius X was to be renamed Muhammed Ali. Years later in 1966, Ali was thrust back into the spotlight when he spoke out against the Vietnam War. His refusal to be inducted cost Ali his boxing career, but his sincerity and commitment to his beliefs won him many fans. (From the US, in English) (Documentary)
Event Broadcast 2010-02-18 at 23:00:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject African Americans -- Race identity.
Ali, Muhammad, 1942-.
Boxers (Sports) -- Biography.
Boxing trainers.
Olympics -- Medals.
Form Streaming video
Author Adams, Nelson, contributor
Ali, Muhammad, contributor
Armbrister, Sonny, contributor
Benson, Harry, contributor
Dundee, Angelo, contributor
Dunn, Marvin, contributor
Hauser, Thomas, contributor
Lipsyte, Robert, contributor
Marable, Manning, contributor
Pacheco, Ferdie, contributor
Pope, Edwin, contributor
Remnick, David, contributor
Schulke, Flip, contributor