Sports stars take part in the 1967 “Ali Summit” in Cleveland to show support for the boxing champ’s refusal to be drafted. Mr. Ali, seated second from left, was joined by, seated from left, Bill Russell, Boston Celtics; Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, and then college star Lew Alcindor Jr., later L.A. Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Standing from left: Ohio Congressman Carl Stokes; Walter Beach, Cleveland Browns; Bobby Mitchell, Washington NFL team; Sid Williams, Cleveland Browns; Curtis McClinton, Kansas City Chiefs; Willie Davis, Green Bay Packers; Jim Shorter, former Cleveland Browns player and John Wooten, Cleveland Browns.
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Muhammad Ali fought for justice, equality and title
More than 62 years ago, an anonymous bicycle thief in Louisville, Ky., unknowingly set in motion the amazing career of a boxing legend and remarkable world figure who would live up to his self-billing as “The Greatest.”