We pay our respects and remember one of the greatest men in history.
Today (June 3rd) marks the day the world lost the greatest fighter and one of the most important figures in the black community. TIME magazine dedicated a piece to the late Muhammad Ali and how he was drawn to the Nation of Islam.
This forthcoming book Ali: A Life, out in October from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, author Jonathan Eig excerpts a letter that Ali wrote to his second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was married to the legendary fighter from 1967-1976. In the letter, which Camacho-Ali says her ex-husband wrote some time in the late 1960s, Ali describes seeing a cartoon in the Nation of Islam newspaper, Muhammad Speaks, outside a skating rink in his hometown of Louisville.
The cartoon illustrated how white slave owners brutally beat their slaves, while insisting that they pray to Jesus. The message: Christianity was the religion of the oppressive white establishment. “I liked that cartoon,” Ali wrote. “It did something to me. And it made sense.”
Ali’s description of the cartoon matches a strip printed in the December 1961 edition of Muhammad Speaks.
You can read the full article on TIME.
Source: NewsOne Now