Cassius X: When Muhammad Met Malcolm | FIGHTLAND
His visit was barely documented or recorded but for those who met the boxer during It was the parent organisation, explains Murray, where Bruce Muhammad Ali came to Australia in March, , the same year he retired from boxing. . Mao Tse-Tung, Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Franz Fanon and. Cassius Marcellus Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Malcolm X in New York When Malcolm met the Clay brothers, however, he did not realize that. The Week in Arts: 'Hard Nut,' Bruce Springsteen and Decoding Arias “Fetch Clay” mostly unfolds in , as Ali is preparing for a who met Ali before his conversion to Islam and is beginning to bridle at the constrictions of the life. of violence in the wake of the mystery surrounding Malcolm X's murder.
Malcolm was part father figure, part big brother to Clay. His faith was also a draw, because Clay had rejected the faith he'd grown up with as empty. He was looking for a spiritual home, and perhaps the Nation could be that place. Keeping His Faith Quiet He did not, however let the outside world know it. If a rising sportsman aligned himself with them, Roberts believes, that would have been fatal to his future.
The boxing establishment — sportswriters, promoters, backers — wouldn't tolerate that. While shock waves from that victory were still reverberating, he made the announcement that he was indeed a member of the Nation. The black establishment wasn't any more thrilled than the white one had been, says Johnny Smith. Malcolm had been declared persona non grata by the Nation for what they saw as self-aggrandizement. He was also criticized for revealing that the Nation's revered founder, who was addressed as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, had fathered several out-of-wedlock children with his secretaries.
Furious at being questioned by an underling, Elijah Muhammad suspended Malcolm and forbade him to speak publicly. Malcolm left the Nation soon after the rupture. He thought Ali would go with him. One of Ali's greatest regrets — and he said as much — is that he never patched things up with Malcolm, that he never told Malcolm how important he was to him.
Randy Roberts, co-author of "Blood Brothers: But take him for all in all. He was so generous. I certainly have to agree with that. You know, we run the risk of mythologizing people, especially when they die, and Ali does not deserve that. He deserves to be treated as a man, with all of his human flaws. But his personality — and part of this is also the relationship that he had with people like Howard Cosell — gave him an ability to use the media at a very early time to get his messages out.
And they were powerful messages, the way he brought them forth. He was a terrible businessman and a brilliant promoter.
He was unbelievably gifted naturally at calling attention to himself. But from day one, people talk about him just needing eyeballs, and he was brilliant at attracting those eyeballs, and then at using that to provoke and to challenge people. Randy, your comments on that. He needed people, he loved people, but somehow, he had that charisma. He was able to — he just attracted people.
If he was in a room full of people, he was the one that everybody paid attention to. His first promotion, as Jonathan said, was really himself.
He turned professional in orand earlyhe had a fight out in Vegas. He was fighting a guy named Duke Seidenberg, I think, and he went on a radio show before the fight, and he was on with Gorgeous George. A reporter said to then Cassius Clay: When you think about that period in U. Martin Luther King, and probably the third one on that list would be Muhammad Ali. He was raised by a father who was bitter. His father thought he was a great artist. Their house was firebombed.
Cassius is about the same age as Emmett Till, and so that Emmett Till story was one that feared him and scarred him, and he heard about it. But what Malcolm X was saying, and what Elijah Muhammad was saying, was separation. Whites are going to hurt you.
There are so many things, some of them fundamental things, that people have missed and not reported over the years.
This is an American dream story like no other because it gets mixed up in this tangled, very messy world of racial politics and the civil rights movement. I mean, he was such a personality. Could he have had the voice that he had without the boxing angle of it?
He had a God-given talent. Would Louis Armstrong have had a voice without the trumpet? Would Frank Sinatra have had a voice without his voice? It is what brought him to the attention of the world.
No, I think unquestionably, Muhammad Ali might have ended up frustrated like his father had it not been for boxing. Without boxing, if he had joined the Nation of Islam, and protested the war in Vietnam, and refused induction, he would have ended up in prison as Elijah Muhammad ended up in prison. His case would not have become a cause celebre. That is truly one of the key moments in his career: But that protest against the war really changed him, and gave him an iconic status — because he suffered, because he was willing to sacrifice his career.
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When he made that decision to skip the draft, the war was still fairly popular. He goes from being one of the most unpopular men in the country to being seen as a victim, and by the time he comes back to boxing inthe war has become massively unpopular.
There are protests all over college campuses, and the Nation of Islam is no longer the most radical black group in the country.
There are more radical groups. The country has changed, and Ali is suddenly seen as not quite as frightening and not quite as incomprehensible as he was in One of the really interesting things when Ali was first diagnosed is how public he went with it.
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He never tried to hide it, never tried to dismiss it, and really dove in, along with his wife, Lonnie, almost immediately to raising awareness and raising money for the disease. I think that another part of his importance is how he confronted that disease. He was willing to go on camera with his hands shaking — not just to light the Olympic torch in Atlanta, but also to do hundreds and maybe thousands of television interviews where sometimes he would fall asleep on camera.