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Becoming Muhammed Ali

Becoming Muhammed Ali

This fictionalized biography of boxer, activist and cultural icon Muhammed Ali begins with his early life as Cassius Clay, a young black boy living in Louisville, Kentucky. In spite of his parents’ support, Clay struggled in school and found more pleasure in pursuits outside the classroom. He, his brother Rudy, and best friend Lucky knew the restrictions of being African American such as “Whites Only” parks. When Clay wandered into the Columbia Boxing Gym at age twelve, he was immediately enthralled and began training as an amateur boxer. His rise to prominence, beginning with his 1958 fight for the Golden Gloves championship to his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is told by alternating narrators. Best friend Lucky’s prose, in particular, gives the reader insight into Ali’s gradual ascent from Golden Gloves hopeful to three time world heavyweight champion. This multi-dimensional view of the life and influences on an important figure in sports and social change will entertain and inform readers inspired by a man who strived to make his dreams come true.

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