Cassius Clay was a boxer, activist and philanthropist.
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The controversial and “trash-talking” boxer converted to Islam in the 1960s. Initially, he was a member of the Nation of Islam. He changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
About his former name, the boxer said, “Cassius Clay is my slave name.” He continued, “I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”