Re the June 4 opinion piece, “Muhammad Ali was my personal champion”: I was deeply moved by Saif Ishoof’s memories of Muhammad Ali, and by his analysis of the broader significance of this man’s complex life.
The news that day reflected the usual accounts of self-interests, acrimony and violence that we’ve come to accept as normal, albeit depressing.
Then I read this touching account reflecting how a life of controversy, difficult choices and circumstances was lived with courage and a loving spirit. Ali’s many acts of kindness and understanding across barriers of race, religion, age, and beliefs are well-documented.
I am grateful to be reminded that there are people like Ali who exemplify our commonalities, but, perhaps of greater significance, that there remains a place in academia for scholars like Ishoof, who promote “civic engagement … and cross-sector collaboration in the public square.”
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Betty Hearn Morrow,