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
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.