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Rest in Peace Muhammad Ali, Freedom Fighter. 1942-2016
Chris de Broglio: My father along with Dennis Brutus was a founding member of Sanroc, the South African non racial Olympic committee. When Ali was set to fight in South Africa Sanroc lobbied the fight organisers and even Ali’s management but to no avail. When they found out Ali was staying in London they sent a delegation to see him at his Park Lane hotel room, uninvited. He welcomed them and over tea they discussed South Africa and apartheid. At the end of the meeting Ali offered his support and vowed never to fight in South Africa – he turned down a lot of money to follow his principles.
Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War-Draft
“My conscious won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father… Shoot them for what? …How can I shoot them poor people, Just take me to jail.”