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Suggested newspaper listing: Muhammad Ali, the former Cassius Clay, tells Boston Globe columnist Bud Collins why he is happy being a Black Muslim minister and why he will probably not return to the boxing ring. Program Description: Muhammad Ali, the former Cassius Clay, finds his new role as a Black Muslim minister more satisfying than his former one as a boxer because he is now working for others and not just for himself. He has no desire to return to the ring and beat up his brother or someone else's brother since it is against his Black Muslim faith for him to participate in any "vicious" sport or any other sport. His only reason to return to the ring would be to rid himself of some $250,000 in debts for alimony and costs involved in the legal case coming from his refusing induction into the armed forces. Boasting that he is still the "greatest," he cites as evidence the crowds of people who wait for him wherever he appears as a speaker. He says that although he has been stripped of his world heavyweight boxing title because of his religious convictions, people still know that he is the "greatest." Contrary to popular opinion, he claims that the Black Muslims do not hate whites -- that the hate image is just propaganda to discourage Negroes from becoming Black Muslims. Since it is the law of nature, he says, that blacks and whites will never be able to get along, he believes that Negroes should form their own society so that the Negro will not have to depend upon the white man for anything. He praises former Alabama Governor George Wallace for "telling the truth" and sharing Ali's own views that the Negro has no place in a white society. Moreover, he deplores the actions of Negro militants, saying that it is absurd to fight a heavily armed and numerically superior society and compares it to a brave bull making a head-on charge against a freight train. His hometown of Louisville he finds "too slow" for him and terms himself a man on the move, laughingly adding that even if he were in jail, he would try to work out some kind of "moving plan."



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Talk Show
Race and Ethnicity
Chicago: “CONVERSATION WITH MUHAMMAD ALI, A,” 06/07/1968, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 22, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A925C8D1D94945FEA6E08EE7F94B5A61.
MLA: “CONVERSATION WITH MUHAMMAD ALI, A.” 06/07/1968. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 22, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A925C8D1D94945FEA6E08EE7F94B5A61>.
APA: CONVERSATION WITH MUHAMMAD ALI, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A925C8D1D94945FEA6E08EE7F94B5A61
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