Here’s why Muhammad Ali refused to serve in the US army

A three-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold-medallist, the legend Muhammad Ali has died Friday June 3, 2016, but his stances will remain to learn from and get inspired day over day.

Muhammad Ali was widely recognized for his role in fighting for civil rights. One of his famous stances when Ali refused to join the US army and fight in Vietnam War, April 28, 1967. What caused him losing the boxing license and being banned from fighting for three years.

“No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.

This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars.

But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here.

I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.” – Muhammad Ali

Ali was later arrested. After he made three separate speeches explaining why he won’t go to war because of his non-violent Muslim faith and membership in the Nation of Islam.

Rest in peace champion.

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