In 1964

In 1964, Cassius Clay officially changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He relayed in a statement that his former name was his “slave name,” and that his new name translated to “Beloved of God.” One thing that was shown throughout’s three-time heavy champion’s career was that he was beloved by many people. However, for all the people who admired and supported him, there were just as many people who did not believe in his efforts, particularly because they deviated from the norms of the time. Ali did not only break records, and set standards with the boxing field, but he was an activist who spoke out against the Vietnam War and went to court for his right not to be drafted into the War, and eventually won.