Muhammad Ali Born Cassius Clay in 1942, Muhammad Ali made his name in the sport of boxing, where he was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. Ali’s best years were in the early 1960s, during which time he changed his name from “Cassius Clay,” which he associated with slavery, and adopted a new one, adopted from the Islamic tradition that symbolized a new black separatist movement in the United States, the Nation of Islam. Ali also gained status as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, which moved him further into the realm of left-wing activism and intersected race with the larger counterculture movement in the United States. (Information provided by America House) Millions visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis,TN to get a glimpse of the birth and continued efforts of the civil rights movement.
Don't miss Marion Junior High School 7th Grade Experience will host the 3rd annual Black History Month Program called African Americans Moving from Hurt to Hope February 25th at 6p.m. in the cafeteria of the MJHS 7th Grade Experience building at 10 Patriot Drive in Marion. There will be a Black History classroom tour at 5p.m. in the halls before the program starts. Admission is free to both events.