Muhammad Ali’s remarkable tribute to the Attica Prison uprising

One of the most remarkable moments in the epic sweep of Ali’s life is this little known tribute to the men killed in the Attica Prison uprising of 1971. Ali recited a poem he had written in tribute to the event during an extended TV interview in Ireland in 1972 in the lead up to his fight against Al ‘Blue’ Lewis at Dublin’s Croke Park, which he won by TKO in the 11th round.

In the wake of his passing, a concerted attempt is being made to diminish Ali’s legacy as a political rebel who roard defiance against the racial oppression suffered by his people in America. Instead, he is being painted as a great but benign humanitarian, a man who preached a message of unity and love and
humility.

No greater distortion of the man’s life and legacy could there be than this. Watch and feast on the political consciousness of one of the most important figures of the 20th century.

3 comments on “Muhammad Ali’s remarkable tribute to the Attica Prison uprising

  1. jock mctrousers on said:

    Remarkable! But that slushy music got a bit intrusive. I wonder if he read that off a prompt?

    That Al Pacino link from Dog Day Afternoon is also remarkable. They don’t make them like that anymore.

  2. Pacino’s finest moment and what a movie! Also featured the wonderful John Cazale.