But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty I Corinthians 1:27
I want to share my thoughts on the late, great Muhammad Ali.
When Ali came onto the boxing scene, I was a young girl who only knew three names in the boxing field. They were Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sonny Liston.
Two of my uncles were serious boxing fans and somehow the kids in the family fell into their love for cheering on the boxer that was representing the Negro race.
I remember so vividly when Cassius Clay came on the scene.
Clay was loud, arrogant and annoying to me and many others in our community. We were all cheering for Sonny Liston to put this loud-mouthed to rest. But it didn’t happen that way. Cassius Clay had done the unthinkable. He put a whooping on Liston and silenced all his supporters.
After Liston’s defeat at the hands of Clay, many of us kids felt there would no longer be someone of his status for Negroes to look up too.
But somehow, God always has a ram in the bush. And this ram was not declaring Jesus as his savior but rather, Mohammad.
Indeed, this was an upsetting turn of events for Negroes at that time because the religious denominations that we took hold of were Baptist, Seven Day Adventist and A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal).
As Ali won fight after fight. And spoke boldly about him being proud to be a Negro and how he stood firm and resilient at press conferences and against accepting his draft notice. Ali had indeed become an answer to so many Negroes prayers.
Muhammad Ali had triumph in a way in which young Negro children as myself, and my friends could look to and take pride as to who we were as a people.
There was no longer any shame attached to being black.
Muhammad Ali had stripped the colonization mindset of American Negroes and was leading a new era where young black males and females could take pride in who we were and the wealth of our rich historical inheritance.
Yes, initially, Muhammad seemed to be a foolish young man. But his foolishness turned the world upside down.
Ali! Ali! Ali! He was indeed heroic in his time here on earth.
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