THE GREATEST, GREAT BRITAIN AND ME
Yes, he has passed away but this is also a time for celebrating an amazing life! I've never been a boxing fan, but this man, his words and his deeds, were the backdrop to my childhood in 1970s Britain. Muhammad Ali and Great Britain had an incredible relationship:
- •Hyde ParkFor training
- •The BeatlesFor sharing the bill on a talk show
- •Notting HillFor visiting a children's home. Look how he is sitting on the floor with the kids - on their level!
- •British newspapersFor creating headlines - even though he beat British boxers (Henry Cooper, Joe Bugnor), - the Great British public always loved him.
- •Conscientious ObjectorFor being on the right side of history with regard to the Vietnam war / the Resistance war against America (depending on your point of view).
- •IconFor being black and beautiful when I was a child and I needed to see heroes who looked like me and my family.
- •BrixtonFor visiting the traditional centre of London's black community and getting mobbed. Every. Single. Time.
- •BBC Sports Personality of the CenturyFor polling more votes than the rest of the candidates put together (Pele, George Best, Bradman, Nicklaus and Jesse Owens).
- •MuslimFor standing strong in the face of rampant Islamophobia, in particular after 9/11.
- •London 2012 OlympicsFor gracing our opening ceremony.
- •KnighthoodFor services to charity and civil rights: In April 2016, over 25,000 people signed a petition urging the UK Government to confer an honorary award.
- •Thank you for reading this, it is my 20th list! *kisses*