Muhammad Ali in Vietnam

Muhammad Ali in Vietnam

This article originally appeared at the NYTimes.com By YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA Photo: G.I.s carrying a wounded soldier in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. CreditBettmann/Getty WHEN Muhammad Ali said, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong. No Vietcong ever called me nigger,” he spoke...

Muhammad Ali’s Words Stung Like a Bee, Too

This video originally appeared at  THE NEW YORK TIMES, JUNE 4, 2016   “Shoot them for what? They never called me ******. They never lynched me.” Ali refused to be drafted into the armed forces during the Vietnam War. He was denied a boxing license and did not...
Muhammad Ali explains his refusal to fight in Vietnam (1967)

Muhammad Ali explains his refusal to fight in Vietnam (1967)

This article originally published at Alpha History. Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was drafted in 1967 but refused to enlist, leading to his arrest, trial and conviction for draft evasion. Here he explains his actions:   Why should they ask me to put on...