Remembering Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)
Muhammad Ali was a disruptive revolutionary. Spearing through prejudice to reach mass audiences, he warped a one-dimensional discussion on the Vietnam War into one pregnant with diverse opinions and Socratic analysis. Muhammad publicized the black perspective on institutional and covert racism. Ali bled truth, emancipating the consciousness of former: slaveholders and the enslaved.
LAEntNew’s Charlé Moore spoke with attendees of the Shades of Eden Party about Ali’s enduring influence.
“I was in college at the time when he was doing his thing,” said The Color Purple actress, Margaret Avery.
“He [Ali] influenced me to believe in myself. He always said I am the greatest. He was and still is the greatest.” (Avery)
“I was never encouraged to go into acting. It was a big risk for me. I got all negative reactions, but that was my passion. At that time, he [Ali] was Cassius Clay. Looking at him meant you have to follow your passion and believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid because you don’t go along with what everyone else does,” (Avery).
Celebrity hairstylist and actor, Anthony Cherry, spoke about preserving Ali’s Legacy.
“The way I will continue to keep his [Ali] legacy will always be to display excellence. Speak my mind, stay true to who I am, and walk in my truth. Also, I would send out positive vibrations.”
Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
“Whether it is helping others be great or being great myself. Ali’s footsteps are so huge to follow, but if I can help someone else like he was able to do. Then, I would be carrying on his legacy. I feel that is what he would want too,” (Model Don Benjamin).