Friday, August 30, 2013

Fact of the Day: Cassius Marcellus Clay

Former heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in 1942. He chose his new name after his conversion to Islam. His original name was obviously inherited from his father who was named after a famous abolitionist politician from the 19th century.

16 comments:

  1. To have seen him and heard him as a bombastic young man! He was practically a rapper, rhyming all the time back in the 60's! Said NO to war. Lots of people hated him. Now he's an icon around the world!

    "I am the greatest! Look how beautiful I am"

    ALOHA, Adam
    from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^=



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  2. Interesting!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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  3. I knew his real name, but I didn't know he'd converted to Islam. And he was a handsome man when he was younger.

    Happy Friday and weekend, Adam.
    xoRobyn

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  4. It was very interesting to know this. Kisses, Adam:)

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  5. He was born and raised about 60 miles from where I live, in Louisville, KY. Greatest athlete of all-time in my humble opinion.

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  6. Never knew that abolitionist namesake angle!

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  7. I remember him when he was Cassius Clay. It was hard to start calling him Mohammad Ali. (Not that I was a personal friend, mind you!) LOL!

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  8. Some of my favorite lines from the movie Coming to America- were all about Muhammad Ali and his given name of Cassius Clay.

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  9. Genial información!!
    Saludos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  10. I remembered this, that's how old I am!

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  11. I knew about his name change, but I didn't know about the abolitionist namesake!

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