( New Orleans ): Muhammad Ali became an immortal in the mid-20th Century as a very young man. The fact that physical death has now claimed him leaves me numb, but no less inspired. Here's why I'm inspired.
In changing his name, he dealt history a punishing body blow. He demonstrated the heights a Black man could ascend once freed from social shackles past and present.
His defense of conscientious objector status during the Vietnam Conflict was conducted through the court system-not via calls for rioting-which ultimately was decided in his favor by the US Supreme Court. This victory also returned him to the ring, with equally historic results.
What Muhammad Ali means to me is the only limitations a human being should accept are only those imposed by Yahweh ( God Almighty )and his own imagination.
As a fellow Black Southerner, I take great pride that this immortal came from Louisville, Kentucky and proved Black Southerners weren't downtrodden bit players in the drama of our times. We could also take center stage and change the world.
That's what Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, means to me.
-Nadra Enzi aka Cap Black, Your UrbanSafetyist and SWS Founder. @nadraenzi on twitter.UrbanSafetyism blog http://www.urbansafetyism.
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