Impossible is nothing,
Meaning all things are possible
One of the many lessons that I absorbed by witnessing the greatness that was Ali.
This man was a living testament of all things being possible.
He was a kid from Louisville Kentucky that lived the American Dream.
He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, yet he became the “Greatest Of All Times!”
What’s more American than that?
As I learned of the passing of Ali I began to reflect back on why he had such an impact on so many people.
I thought Ali’s story is the story of the black man in American and his influenced over the entire world.
The influence far reaches simply sports accomplishments, unmatched charisma, and artistic gifts.
The social and political influences are well documented and undeniable.
Ali represented that thought, that voice, that behavior of men like my father.
Men that were unapologetically BLACK and fearless.
Men able and capable of sports performances that would thrill the world all while narrating the events as if they were a rapper creating a sound track to a block buster movie.
Ali personified the confident decisive black man.
I recognized those characteristics at a young age as it had been to a large degree modeled by my own father.
So when I watched Ali in a sense it was like watching the best of my father & many other handsome, charismatic black men that I had met in my childhood.
In fact, other than my dad, Ali my first hero, teacher, & mentor.
He had so many characteristics that all black men aspire to.
Strong, talented, & successful.
Most of all he was mostly true to his core values and never once hesitated to speak truth to power.
I learned from that man.
I learned how a black man or any man should conduct himself in a dignified respectful manner.
Yet, make it look so smooth and effortless.
He was Billy D Williams, Jackie Robinson & Jack Johnson all rolled it to one.
I learned so much for mimicking the " Greatest"
I copied his style of boxing, I learned what hard work looked like and what it could get you, and I learned that the smartest most charismatic, and toughest man on the planet was a BLACK MAN!
I saw that in my own household growing up.
I related to that.
I was inspired by his greatness and felt comforted that he was not pretending to be something other than he was.
A strong, confident, man that happened to be black.
A man that pushed past all the barriers that this country threw at him.
A man that held close to his personal faith & views yet evolved to the degree that his love for his people never got misunderstood as racism towards other people.
Just cause a man loves his own race, doesn’t mean that he has to hate others.
I learned that from Ali.
I could go on and on about the great lessons that I learned from witnessing Ali.
Although not a perfect man in any sense of the word, I’m sure he made his mistakes, but other than my dad Ali was the #1 most influential male in my life.
Thanks for the Lessons!