Friday, March 6, 2015

On Friday, March 6, 1964, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali


Black Muslim leader Malcolm X photographing Cassius Clay, Miami, 1964
© Bob Gomel



 
Day later, bolstered by his mentor Malcom X, Clay stepped in front of a room of journalists to declare his conversion to the Nation of Islam. After fielding hostile questions, he voiced the words that would become his lifelong anthem and would forever change the world of sports: “I don’t have to be what you want me to be.”

Recently, Bob recalled: It was February 26, 1964 in a Miami restaurant after Clay won the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. Howard Bingham, Ali's personal photographer is seen at the far right above Ali.  Clay's brother Rahaman is seated to Cassius's left (only a fist is visible in the famous frame.) The name and exact location of the restaurant are paled into insignificance.”



Related: Ali vs. Liston in Miami Beach: The Night ‘the Greatest’ Was Born

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