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(Part Two...to read part one, please click here ) Cassius Clay did not just throw out his name after he beat Sonny Liston. At a press conference two days after the fight, Cassius X started reshaping the world. "I know where I'm going, and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be," he told reporters. "I'm free to be what I want to be." Free to be what he wanted to be. No athlete, especially a black one, had made a proclamation like that. It has echoed for 50 years now, since Cassius Clay became the heavyweight champion. He briefly became Cassius X before taking the most famous name in sports history. Muhammad Ali. His last fight was 33 years ago. Promoters, fighters and the U.S. government itself could never silence him, but Parkinson's disease has. People born after Ali retired know him only as one of the most admired people on earth. If you're older, you remember Ali being one of the most despised. "It was hate," said Dr. Richard Lapchick, the direct...
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