Muhammad Ali Reflects on the name Cassius Clay

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Muhammad Ali holds a press conference to explain the significance of a recent decision to change his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, on June 30th 1967. "Muhammad means one who's worthy of all praises and one who's praiseworthy and Ali means the most high. But Clay only meant dirt with no ingredients ... Cassius Clay was the name of the white slave master." He goes on to point out how names are closely linked to stereotypes of both national and ethnic identity and when a reporter ask if he intends to change his name 'legally', Ali rejects the idea that he must ask permission to choose his own name. Please note: different scenes from the same press conference may be viewed in KRON-TV footage shot on the same day.

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archival news film
16mm b&w magnetic sound film
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Cox Enterprises Inc/KTVU
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KTVU 8-1

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Clay changed his name to keep from fighting in the war. In my book that makes him a draft dodger who just used a religion.

He want to stay his profession for that most or the people like his decision.

He was so brash, but he could back it up with his boxing.

He is the best boxing in the dad like him very much

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