January 9, 1998 |
Jeremiah Shabazz, 70, former minister of Mosque No. 12 of the Philadelphia Nation of Islam and confidant and adviser to Muhammad Ali, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday. It was Mr. Shabazz, a family member said, who in 1960 persuaded boxer Cassius Clay to become a follower of Elijah Muhammad and to become Muhammad Ali. In the late 1970s, Mr. Shabazz joined Ali's entourage, and news accounts at the time refer to him as the boxer's "top aide," "administrative assistant" and "legal counsel," although he had no law degree.
February 4, 2013 |
MUHAMMAD ALI'S daughter knocked down rumors of her father being near death Sunday, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl. May May Ali said she talked to her father Sunday morning on the phone and he was fine. She said he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey. "He's fine, in fact he was talking well this morning," she said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press . "These rumors pop up every once in a while, but there's nothing to them.
February 25, 2011 |
In February 1973, Elvis Presley gave Muhammad Ali a robe embroidered with the words, "The People's Champion. " In return, Ali presented Elvis with a set of boxing gloves inscribed "You're the Greatest. " It's been more than 33 years since "the King" passed away, but the two legends are reunited at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, as part of "Elvis and Ali: American Icons," a dual documentary exhibition. The exhibits, "Elvis at 21: Photographs by Al Wertheimer," and "Muhammad Ali: The making of an icon," chronicle the stars' rise to fame through photography, essays and film.
April 15, 2014 |
IF MUHAMMAD ALI were fighting now, someone would probably be trying to sign his family up for a "reality" show. One could easily have been set in and around Philly, where the boxer lived during much of the period covered in tonight's "Independent Lens" presentation, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" (10 p.m. WHYY12). And Khalilah Camacho-Ali would probably be its star. Camacho-Ali, who appears in the film, was also known as Belinda in the days in which she, the fighter's second wife, was helping to keep his spirits up as he waited to see if he'd be jailed for refusing to serve in the military.
June 5, 2016 |
"I have rassled with an alligator, I have tussled with a whale. I've handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick!" - Muhammad Ali, 1974 The Greatest is gone. Muhammad Ali, 74, the effervescent heavyweight boxing champion who challenged the U.S. government, became the most recognized face on the planet, and was named top athlete of the 20th century, died Friday of respiratory complications after being in a Phoenix-area hospital for the last few days.
February 13, 2002 |
MUHAMMAD ALI is the Dalai Lama of the post-Sept. 11 world - the beatific sweetheart we call on to sanctify every important moment. He is always available to symbolize, well, whatever the heck you want. The Champ, who may be the world's most famous Muslim and the world's most famous American, is certainly the world's most famous Muslim-American, and he has been using that status for the good. He made news recently by pleading, in Allah's name, for the release of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
September 15, 2012 |
Muhammad Ali, dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses, stood nearly motionless Thursday night as he stared down intently at the Liberty Medal that had just been presented to him. The 70-year-old Ali, fighting through his Parkinson's disease, briefly lifted his right hand to acknowledge the sustained standing ovation of the audience on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. The crowd erupted in a rousing chant: "Ali! Ali! Ali!" The world-champion boxer, antiwar hero, and cultural icon was awarded the 2012 medal for his life as a transformative figure personifying the struggle for liberty.
June 8, 2016
ISSUE | MUHAMMAD ALI A role model for us all Muhammad Ali was a near-mythical figure with a worldwide reputation and aura ("The Greatest," Sunday). He was arguably the best heavyweight fighter of all time, but we remember his life for demonstrating so much more than that. He was an iconic civil rights advocate and a prodigious fund-raiser for the Parkinson's disease that ended his life at 74. More importantly, he was devoted to his faith. Rather than be drafted and serve in the military, which he objected to on religious grounds, he was stripped of his boxing title and faced imprisonment.
June 11, 2016
On the eve of Muhammad Ali's funeral in Louisville, Ky., on Friday, his daughter Khaliah Ali-Wertheimer, 41, spoke about her father and the final hours that her 17-year-old son, Jacob, spent at the bedside of the former world heavyweight champion in an Arizona hospital. The designer, author, and real estate agent lives on the Main Line with her husband, Spencer Wertheimer, and their son. She is the fifth of nine Ali children. Her mother, Aaisha Fletcher, met the boxer in the early 1970s and still lives in the Philadelphia area.