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June 04, 2016

Statement from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson on the Passing of Muhammad Ali




Statement from Rev. Jesse L. Jackson on the Passing of Muhammad Ali 


CHICAGO, June 4, 2016 – The world has lost one of the greatest heroes of all time with the passing of Muhammad Ali.


“He sacrificed the heart of his career and money and glory for his religious beliefs about a war he thought unnecessary and unjust,” Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said late Friday night shortly after the death of his longtime friend. “His memory and legacy lingers on until eternity.”


On Saturday, June, 4, Rev. Jackson will dedicate the Rainbow PUSH weekly broadcast to the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world and then hold a news conference about the immense impact of the global icon. The news conference will be at 11:30 A.M. at Rainbow PUSH national headquarters, 930 E. 50th Street in Chicago.


“He scarified, the nation benefited,” Rev. Jackson said. “He was a champion in the ring, but, more than that, a hero beyond the ring. When champions win, people carry them off the field on their shoulders. When heroes win, people ride on their shoulders. We rode on Muhammad Ali’s shoulders.”




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