Video Muhammad Ali |Funeral: June 10, 2016

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      JOHN RAMSEY: FIRST OF ALL, ON BEHALF OF MY FELLOW LOUISVILLE ENDS, THE HEARTFELT PRAYERS. FOR LONN ALI, A VERY SPECIAL PRAYER. WE KNOW THAT MOHAMMED TA WAS — THAT THE THING WAS BLESSED WITH MANY GIFTS, BUT NONE — THAT MUHAMMAD WAS BLESSED WITH MA GIFTS. I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU, WHE I WAS IN THE PROCESSION AND SAW THE PEOPLE AND ALL THE WARMTH AND LOVE A RESPECT THAT WAS SHOWN FOR MUHAMMAD, MY HEART SWELLED I KNOW HE WAS WATCHING FROM ABOVE AND KNOW HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. SURPRISED.

      I THINK MUHAMMAD WOULD SAY, OF ALL-TIME. I’M FEELING GOOD. MAN. I TELL YOU WHAT, HOW CAN WE LOSE [APPLAUSE] FEELING SO GOOD, I THINK I WILL MAKE A COME BACK AND CHANGE MY NAME BACK TO WALNUT THAT’S HOW I FEEL. [APPLAUSE] >> F ME, I ALWAYS FELT CONNECTED TO MUHAMMA, EVEN MAYBE IT WAS THE FACT THAT I WAS A LOUISVILLE BOY. LOVE THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALS, [APPLAUSE] BUT AS OUR RELATIONSHIP EVOLVED, I FOUND A LOT OF PEOPLE FELT THIS PERSONAL CONNECTION WITH MUHAMMAD, AND THAT’S PART OF THE ALLEY MAGIC — ALL THE MAGIC. — ALI MAGIC.

      IT WAS THE ATHLETE I WAS ATTRACTED TO. THAT KIND OF SIZE, SPEED, AGILITY, GRACE NOT ONL MADE HIM A HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD THRE TIMES, BUT IT MADE HIM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMAN OF THE CENTURY. CERTAINLY IT MADE HIM A BUT I WOULD ARGUE THAT THE COMBINATION OF COMPASSION, KINDNESS, LOVE, AND THE ABILITY TO LIFT US UP MADE HIM A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PERSON. [APPLAUSE] THERE ARE MANY STORIES ABOUT MUHAMM, BUT THERE ARE COUPLE ABOUT.

      I REMEMBER BACK IN 2000, I MADE A TRIP TO THE SUMMER OLYMPICS WI MUHAMMAD, AND ONE DAY HE DECIDED WE WOULD GO SEE A BOXING MATCH, AND I REMEMBER WE WERE RINGSIDE AMERICA WINS, 15,000 PEOPLE ARE CHANTING USA COMING USA! — USA, USA! I WAS FILLED WITH PATRIOTIC PRIDE. THE BOXER CAME DOWN FROM THE RING, TOOK THE OBLIGATORY PICTURE WITH MUHAMMAD. HUNDREDS OF PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM PICTURES.

      THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE CHEERING FOR FIGHTER. AND MUHAMMAD LEANED DOWN TO ME, WHISPERED IN MY E, I SEE THE LOSER. I SAID, EXCUSE ME? I WANT TO SEE THE LOSER. OFFICIAL AND LOSER. ROOM? WE GO THERE, THERE IS NOT TENS OF THOUSANDS PEOPLE. JUST A K IN THE CORNER ON HIS NECK. HE’ GOT A BLOODY MOUTH UNDER HIS EYE. THIS HAS TO BE T LOWEST POINT OF HIS ATHLETIC CAREER AT THE VERY LEAST. BUT LIKE HE LET DOWN HIS COUNT COUNTRY.

      THE VIBE IN THAT ROOM WAS LITERALLY THE LOWEST OF LOW. BUT WHEN MUHAMMAD WALKS IN, THIS GET RECOGNIZES HIM INSTANTLY, AND IN BROKEN ENGLISH SHE SAYS, MUHAMMAD ALI! MOHAMMAD START DANCING, AND HE STARTS THROWING OUT JAZZ, AND THIS KID STARTS TALKING AND SMILING. COMMON THING GRABS HIM IN A BEAR MUHAMMAD GRABS HIM IN A BEAR HUG A SAYS, YOU ARE A CHAMPION, DON’T GIVE UP. I REMEMBER I WARMED MY HEART HOW HE TOOK THIS KID FROM HERE [APPLAUSE] AND I REMEMBER, I GOT IN THE CAR AN SAID, MUHAMMAD, I TRIED TO BE A NICE GUY, BUT I WAS CAUGHT UP IN THE MOMENT. I DID NOT GIVE THAT LOSING FIGHTER A SECOND THOUGHT. GREATEST. HE SAID, TELL ME SOMETHING I [LAUGHTER] TO ME, HE IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF A HUMAN I HAVE EVER SEEN. GREAT HUMAN BEING I HAVE EVER SEEN.POSSESSES. THAT WAS MUHAMMAD ALI. BUT DON’T FORGET ABOUT THIS. MUHAMMAD WAS THE COOLEST CAT IN THE ROOM.

      HE WAS GOOD-LOOKING, HE HAD CHAR, HE HAD CHARISMA. WHAT SWAGGER WAS. I REMEMB ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO, HE WENT IN TOWN TO VISIT HIS MOTHER, AND HE WANTE TO GO TO OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE. BIG MUHAMMAD FAN. AT THAT TIME, THERE WAS A ALL THESE GUYS HAVE THEIR NUMBERS ON THEIR SHIRTS. THESE GUYS LINED UP FOR AN AUTOGRAPH AND I SAID, MUHAMMAD, THE BAD GUY. HE’S LIKE, NO, I’LL SIGN BETWEEN BITES. CAN TELL HE’S A BIG FAN. HE WAS SCARED TO DEATH. HE SAID, I S THE STANCE YOU MADE IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. VIETNAM WAR. I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU, YOU ARE MY HERO. YOU ARE MY HERO.

      HAMED SAID TO TH GUY, — MUHAMMAD SAID THAT T GUY, YOU ARE THE REAL HERO, SAVING BABIES, PUTTING YOUR LIFE ON THE YOU ARE THE REAL HERO. QUICKLY. HE SAID, MAN, BUT YOU FOUGHT THE BE. PATTERSON. YOU FOUGHT BIG GEORGE FOREMAN. YOU FOUGHT SMOKING JOE FRAZIER. MU SAID, YEAH, BUT JOE WASN’T [APPLAUSE] A GOOD LINE. THAT DOWN. ABOUT SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AND KISSING BABIES. NEEDED FOOD IN A THIRD WORLD WOULD TRAVEL WITH A CHECK. IF THERE WAS A CONFLICT AND HE MUHAMMAD WILL TRAVEL.

      THERE WERE HOSTAGES TO BE ACTION. ON OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES, AND I THINK IT IS RIGHT HERE IN YOUR PROGRAM, MUHAMMA SAID, SERVICE FOR YOUR ROOM HERE ON EARTH. I JUST WANT T SAY, CHAMP, YOUR RANT IS PAID IN FULL. — FULL. [APPLAUSE] IN FACT, I THINK HE PAID IT FORWARD, BECAUSE HE HAS TAUGHT US TO LOVE, RATHER THAN TO HATE. LOOK FOR COMMONALITIES, RATHER THAN DIFFERENCES. FOR ALL OF US. AS WE ALL KNOW NOW, THE FIGHT IS OVER, BUT I AM HERE TO TELL YOU, UNANIMOUS. BECAUSE OF MUHAMMA ALI, WE ALL WIN, THE WORLD WINS. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MUHAMMAD.

      IT IS TIME FOR A MAN OF PEACE TO REST IN PEACE. THANK YOU MUHAMMAD.

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  1. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “Michael J. Fox On Muhammad Ali’s Impact On Parkinson’s Disease | TODAY”

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  3. Hey Chicas! One of my Twitter pals writes poetry. She’s very good. For your pleasure.

    Ali Answers His Final Bell

    http://mypoeticside.com/show-poem-58389

    A giant among men has finally been laid to rest

    Father time remains undefeated, but Ali is still the best

    He planned out his funeral. Wanted all his fans to attend

    Friends and enemies alike. Best time for fences to mend

    Thousands came to see Ali off. Couldn’t believe that he was felled

    Fought the good fight on earth, but Heaven will answer the next bell

    He’ll be buried where the legend started. Hometown Louisville

    Dignitaries flew in from everywhere. A great testament to his will

    “The Greatest” was not always loved as we’re told by history

    His brave stance helped end a bad war we chose to fight overseas

    Not everyone appreciated his lip. Didn’t always care for his talk

    But no one questioned his steely resolve, or the way he never balked

    He had some tough fights and Liston seemed an impossible match

    We learned that impossible is nothing. Everything is within our grasp

    Gave us a great moment in Atlanta. Lit the huge Olympic cauldron

    A signature moment of the ’96 games. That memory hasn’t fallen

    Next time you see a young kid sweating. Putting work into the gym

    Tell him about “The Greatest.” And how we won’t see another like him

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    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Wonderful!

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    • Ametia says:

      Amazing. Thank you so much for the share.

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    • Ali Belongs To The Ages

      Ali started with nothing and made his name in the sweet science
      Louisville not the best place for a Black man not looking for bias

      Got into boxing as a good way to channel his youthful energy
      Given his background he could’ve easily contracted lethargy

      A great opportunity to fight awaited him in the city of Rome
      He won a gold medal, but an unpleasant surprise waited at home

      Walked into a diner for a meal and the greeting made him quiver
      They refused to serve Cassius so he tossed his medal in the river

      Turned professional with dreams of becoming heavyweight champ
      Had a beast named Sonny Liston waiting at the end of the ramp

      No one gave Clay a chance against the big hulking monster
      But fear never entered his mind. Wasn’t anywhere on his roster

      The young challenger agitated and prodded Liston to distraction
      Sonny paid him little mind which seemed to give Clay great satisfaction

      The young Olympian talked mucho trash and was a peerless promoter
      Spit dope rhymes in the pre-rap era and was quite the TV joker

      On fight night Clay frustrated Liston and a new champion was unfurled
      He talked about how pretty he was and how he “Shook up the world!”

      A few years later he changed his name and refused to go to Vietnam
      The government stripped his boxing titles and didn’t seem to give a damn

      Ali fought the decision and won while his fans cried real tears
      By that time he was past his prime and lost valuable boxing years

      A huge fight was arranged where Muhammad would fight Joe Frazier
      Many thought Ali still had one left in him and would shock and amaze us

      But it was not to be even though the fight has huge social import
      Poor Ali had been away much too long and could not hold the fort

      Later fought for the title in Zaire. His loyal fans chanted “Ali Bumaye”
      Showed us his “Rope-A-Dope” strategy. Prayers were answered on that day

      Found out later that Ali was not right and he had fought much too long
      Parkinson’s made his hands shake and we knew something was really wrong

      He made a surprised appearance and lit the Olympic cauldron to much acclaim
      This was a breakthrough. We rarely saw the disabled on this kind of public display

      Now here we are at the end and Ali won’t take any more public stages
      He’ll be entering a new ring in the sky. For now he belongs to the ages.

      Read more at: Ali Belongs To The Ages Poem, by DubbleDhee, at My poetic side http://mypoeticside.com/show-poem-58310#ixzz4BImWDAyy

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    Have Kleenex near by.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      So moving that I feel all of our hearts are connected in grateful tears as we appreciate all that Muhammad Ali did to make the world better and to bring us together.

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  6. Ametia says:

    John Ramsey’s tribute was PHENOMENAL too! If you find the tweet video, could you please post?

    THANKS!

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  8. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The world still needs him…still needs his strength hope compassion and conviction (Hope we can get that complete quotation)

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    Natasha Mundkur, moving tribute to Ali I was in tears.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Yes! Miracles can happen.

      Thanks SG2 for posting all the tweets and videos of Muhammad Ali’s funeral. (I just woke up from a long 3+ hour nap. And will catch up on reading now.)

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  16. Ametia says:

    Lonnie Ali Is up

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  17. rikyrah says:

    With so much demonizing of Islam, to see this …..it’s beautiful.

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  19. Ametia says:

    Lord, Attallah Shabazz spoke so eloquently, Divinely.

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  20. rikyrah says:

    The Champ had some STRONG genes. Married different women , yet you can see him in the kids and grandkids.

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    This has been a beautiful home going. 😢😢

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    Rabbi Lerner is taking name and KICKING ASS.

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  45. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Muhammad Ali was a man with deep faith.

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  47. rikyrah says:

    Love seeing the outpouring of respect for the Champ 😢😢

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  63. rikyrah says:

    Thank you Champ.

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