Muhammad Ali

New Muhammad Ali Doc Highlights Ali’s Refusal to Serve in Vietnam

The Trials of Muhammad Ali also explores Ali’s attraction to the Islamic faith and his ascent to the top of the boxing pyramid

by The Grio, September 6, 2013

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

As America debates action in Syria’s civil war, a new film documents boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to serve in Vietnam during the late 1960s.

The documentary, entitled The Trials of Muhammad Ali, highlights Ali’s resilience to his faith and a fundamental opposition to warfare prevalent today. It also spotlights his rise to the world heavyweight title at just 22 and subsequent devotion to the Nation of Islam.

A leader in the Black power movement, Ali forgoes enlistment in the military due to his religious doctrine and conflicting socio-political values. The response, as seen in the film, becomes one of his greatest hurdles outside the boxing ring.

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