Muhammad Ali: Boxer and Civil Rights Activist

Many young people today know Muhammad Ali as the aging boxer who lit the torch at the 1996 Olympics. Introduce young historians to Ali the boxer, the Civil Rights activist, the war protestor, and the humanitarian with a powerful lesson sure to motivate all class members.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If time permits, also show the portion of the interview with Michael Parkinson in which Muhammad Ali discusses Parkinson disease and the video of Ali lighting the torch at the 1996 Olympics
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson may be assigned and shared through Google Classroom
Pros

  • Learners get to see Ali as a young man and gain an appreciation of his wit, his social conscience, and his range of interests
Cons

  • None
Common Core