January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016
- American Olympic and professional boxer and activist.
- Regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century, was known as an inspiring, controversial and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.
- At 18, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
- At 22, he won the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles from Sonny Liston in an upset in 1964.
- Antagonized the white establishment in the U.S. by refusing to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War.
- In 1984, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome.
- In 1996, he had the honor of lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.