The death of Muhammad Ali has opened up a floodgate of emotional and heartfelt condolences from sports buffs, civil rights advocates and world leaders.
Ali was the greatest, but to limit that praise to his athletic genius would be a gross misrepresentation of his contributions to human kind.
Ali was the greatest boxer of all time and one of the greatest athletes we’ve ever seen.
Watching videos of his many ring conquests and it’s plain to see that even those who eschew the gentlemanly art of boxing would agree that Ali was the epitome of grace and athleticism and more than a little showmanship; he was one of kind.
His celebrity gave him a platform and he used that platform to speak for the poor and the disadvantaged.
He went to jail rather than fight in a war that he felt was wrong.
For that, he was stripped of his world title and many thought he was done.
But Ali was just beginning.
He fought for civil rights, not only in America, but in South Africa and India and China.
He regained his world title in dramatic fashion.
His determination , perseverance and compassion were inspirational to world leaders and those who needed a voice.
The Greatest ? Without a Doubt !