Sunday, June 5, 2016

Muhammad Ali Dies at 74

I remember the life and times of Muhammad Ali - born Cassius Marcellus Clay - as they played out on the world stage. He was a game changer. It was hard not to follow his career as he was always in the news - a colorful character with lots to say. He was brash, charming, handsome, loud, funny, rude, brave, occasionally cruel, uniquely talented, eternally fascinating, always original, and ultimately the most famous person of his time. He erased the line between athlete and activist making it easier for other prominent African-American athletes to speak out about politics, race, and other topics of the day.

I remember children posing like him while shouting, "I am the greatest," as he was a role model for many. I also remember supporting his opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. I knew we would lose there ... followed by another war this time in the Middle East as the hologram comes full circle. Today's presidential candidates are all in the same age group and will remember him as part of their experiences through the years. There will be extensive media coverage on his extraordinary life in the days ahead.

Muhammad Ali: Inside his final hours   CNN - June 5, 2016

  Muhammad Ali: 'World invited' to Louisville funeral   BBC - June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016

The energies of the New Moon 14° Gemini welcome the start of Ramadan observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

June 5, 2016

World Environment Day

2016 Theme: "Illegal Trade in Wildlife"