The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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He was the Heavyweight Champion of the World, the (self-proclaimed) Greatest. He was a hero, a political prisoner, outspoken on the things he truly believed in. He was many things but truly one of a kind. He was Muhammad Ali. Now in conjunction with the PBS premiere of The Trials of Muhammad Ali, read and share these powerful quotes by and about Ali, with original illustrations by Gavin Aung Than.

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Artistic rendering of Muhammad Ali appearing with a small American flag covering his mouth next to a quotation reading I WASN’T TRYING TO BE A LEADER. I JUST WANTED TO BE FREE. Artistic rendering of Muhammad Ali walking away from his boxing gloves hanging ringside next to quotation by Martin Luther King, Jr. reading HE IS GIVING UP MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO DO WHAT HIS CONSCIENCE TELLS HIM IS RIGHT. Artistic rendering of two handcuffed hands in boxing gloves breaking the chain between them next to a quotation by Muhammad Ali reading I DON’T HAVE TO BE WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE. I’M FREE TO BE WHAT I WANT. Artistic rendering of Muhammad Ali gazing skyward from a jail cell at the symbol of the Islamic star and crescent next to a quotation reading IT’S LACK OF FAITH THAT MAKES PEOPLE AFRAID OF MEETING CHALLENGES, AND I BELIEVED IN MYSELF. Artistic rendering of Muhammad Ali with statue of Justice behind him next to quotation reading YOU’RE MY OPPOSER WHEN I WANT FREEDOM. YOU’RE MY OPPOSER WHEN I WANT JUSTICE. YOU’RE MY OPPOSER WHEN I WANT EQUALITY.