• Muhammad Ali Explains Why He Refused to Fight in Vietnam: “My Conscience Won't Let Me Go Shoot My Brother. for Big Powerful America” (1970)

    2 days ago - By Open Culture

    In April of 1967, Muhammad Ali arrived at the U.S. Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station in Houston, Texas. “Standing beside twenty-five other nerve-racked young men called to the draft,” writes David Remnick at The New Yorker , Ali “refused to respond to the call of ‘Cassius Clay!'” Offered the choice of going to Vietnam or to jail, he chose the latter “and was sentenced to five years in prison and released on bail.” Ali lost his title, his boxing license, his passport, and - as far as he knew at the time - his career. He was newly married with his first child on the way.
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