Muhammad Ali, larger than life

June 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

An unsurpassed legacy has reached its temporal  conclusion.  The greatest sports figure and celebrity of the 20th century has passed.  Rather than mourn his death, we continue to celebrate his life and its many facets.   Rather than poorly retelling a complex life story, I chose some amusing images that touch on the breadth of his celebrity.  You know you’re famous when: Andy Warhol comes to your home to snap a pic, you spar with Elvis…

Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s greatest boxers, died on Friday, June 3, at the age of 74.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali started boxing at age 12 — and ultimately became known for much more than just his successful boxing career.

Ali converted to Islam in 1964, changing his name from Cassius Clay — what he called his “slave name” — to Muhammed Ali after becoming affiliated with the Nation of Islam. His political activism and charity inspired millions throughout his life.

Please visit his site at muhammadali.com!  It is a rare, exceptional, site worthy of its namesake.

Fame started with the 1960 Olympics…

Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, represented the United States in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He defeated Soviet boxer Gennady Schatkov as part of his gold-medal performance. Bettmann/Getty Images

 

Young heavyweight fighter Ali, then Clay, is seen training at City Parks Gym in New York on Feb. 8, 1962. Dan Grossi/AP Photo

 

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1967, with Wilt Chamberlain. AP
1967, with Johnny Carson, star of NBC-TV’s ‘Tonight’ show, in New York City. AP

 

with Bob Dylan

 

1971, having his photo taken by Andy Warhol in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. AP

 

1971, taunting Joe Frazier at Frazier’s training headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Getty John Shearer/The LIFE Picture Collection

 

1985, with Liberace and Hulk Hogan in New York City. AP Marty Lederhandler

 

1997, with Prince in Washington, D.C. AP Karen Cooper

 

with President Ronald Regan

with Malcom X

 

with The King

 

with part of The Jackson Five, Micheal Jackson claims victory

 

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Due process and equality

July 9, 2013 Comments Off on Due process and equality

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868.

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Slave auction block at Green Hill Plantation, Campbell County, Virginia. The Library of Congress

 

 

It granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

“By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.”

~ from  Library of Congress, Primary Documents in American History

The amendment had been rejected by most Southern states but was ratified by the required three-fourths of the states. Known as the “Reconstruction Amendment.”

A notable passing…

Appropriate to this day we also remember Edmund S. Morgan, award winning historian and author, who has died at 97.   Among his works…

American Slavery, American Freedom” is essential to understanding how slavery developed here, and that it wasn’t necessarily inevitable.  A wonderfully written scholarly masterpiece.

It explores the paradox of slavery and freedom in colonial Virginia.  For which he won the Society of American Historians’ Francis Parkman Prize, the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Prize and the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award.

“To Morgan the simultaneous rise of slavery and freedom is the most cruel paradox of American history. Americans revolted in 1776 to escape what some perceived as the tyrannies of Englishmen, but even as the revolutionaries boldly professed themselves votaries of liberty and equality, they perpetuated a labor system more oppressive in its exploitation of men than any act of the British government.”

Due process and equality was originally published on FieldGrass

Due process and equality

July 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868.

Slave auction block at Green Hill Plantation, Campbell County, Virginia. The Library of Congress

Slave auction block at Green Hill , Campbell County, Virginia. The Library of

It granted to “all persons born or naturalized in the ,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person “, liberty or property, without of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

“By directly mentioning the role of the states, the greatly expanded the protection of to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.”

~ from  Library of Congress, Primary Documents in American History

The amendment had been rejected by most Southern states but was ratified by the required three-fourths of the states. Known as the “.”

A notable passing…

Appropriate to this day we also remember Edmund S. Morgan, award winning historian and author, who has died at 97.   Among his works…

American , American Freedom” is essential to how slavery developed here, and that it wasn’t necessarily inevitable.  A wonderfully written scholarly masterpiece.

It explores the paradox of slavery and freedom in colonial Virginia.  For which he won the Society of American Historians’ Francis Parkman Prize, the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Prize and the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Award.

“To Morgan the simultaneous rise of slavery and freedom is the most cruel paradox of American . Americans revolted in 1776 to escape what some perceived as the tyrannies of Englishmen, but even as the boldly professed themselves votaries of liberty and , they perpetuated a labor system more oppressive in its exploitation of men than any act of the British government.”

Due process and equality was originally published on Field Grass

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