This week people are mourning the loss of Mohammed Ali; ‘The Greatest’ of all time! His family, friends, and fans around the world have been paying tribute to his history making athletic exploits. In addition to his achievement in the boxing arena, he will also be remembered as a strong man willing to take a stand against social injustices in America during the 1960’s. While his willingness to stand-up for the voiceless cost him but he did not back down. He was a man of action. His actions and exploits helped him globally achieve iconic status. Even as his body began to fail him, and his voice began to shake and slur, he still maintained his approachability.
I still remember watching, from my television, Mohammed Ali lit the flame to open the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta. With his passing, the flame of responsibility, to speak up for the voiceless, now officially passes to strong men everywhere. Most of us will never know what it feels like to be a living icon, but something tells me ‘The Greatest of all time’ would have still stood up for justice even if he wasn’t a public figure. He simply was a strong man who was willing to stand up to social injustices. I encourage strong men everywhere to honor the Champ’s legacy by standing up for the voiceless. Standing together we can make a difference.
About the author: When Walter is not writing for the “Change Clothes. Change Lives Blog,” he can be found studying in pursuit of an MBA, flying around Tampa’s airspace in a small Cessna, or dancing Argentine Tango at a local Milonga.