Fight for justice: Muhammad Ali refused to fight in Vietnam

Muhammad Ali is being remembered in tributes worldwide for his iconic fights for social justice. In 1966, Ali refused the US army draft and a call to fight in the Vietnam War. The move cost him his heavyweight title, his boxing license, and widespread public support. Ali fought accusations that he was just dodging the draft. And in 1971, Ali finally won his battle in court. It was his humanity that truly made Ali great. His courage to speak out for justice helped galvanize the US civil rights movement and end the Vietnam War.  

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