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Muhammad Ali's brother, Rahman, shares his memories

Monday, June 06 2016 by SNTV
  • As the world continues to mourn Muhammad Ali, his brother Rahman and residents of his boyhood home in Louisville talked on Sunday (5th June) about their memories of the former world heavyweight champion.

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Rahman Ali, Brother of Muhammad Ali: (responding to what it meant to see his brother for the last time a few months ago)

    "It meant to me everything - happiness, joy, peace, contentment. He was one of my best friends, next to my wife. I loved my brother. He was a wonderful, wonderful human being."

    (Q. What would you like the world to know as his brother?)

    "That he was a loving, kind person of all people. He would help anybody if he could. He's a saint. He was a wonderful man. He came the closest to perfection as you can get."

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Terry Davis, Louisville resident:

    "Ali had a great impact on my life. At an early age, about 12 years old, I went to a school that was established here by Fred Stoner, who was Ali's first trainer, and he also trained me how to box. Ali was such an impact on my life being a young man. It was a turning point in my life and these two gentlemen actually kind of moulded me into not only a boxer but into a gentleman with integrity and that was a thing that Ali was about."

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Bishop Dennis Lyons, Gospel Missionary Church:

    "He never looked down on his community. He never did hide where he was from, neither the street where he came from. He would always come back down and let people know, I'm from Louisville and I'm from 33rd and Grand Street and he was proud of that."

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Reverend Charles Elliott, King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church:

    "I started a programme called, 'Feed the People'. This family, Muhammad Ali, came in and I only could feed them Monday and Friday. That's all the money I had to feed them with. Muhammad Ali came in and said, 'Wait a minute. They'll starve to death. If you're going to only feed them on Monday and Friday, what they going to do Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday?' I says, 'Well they'll have to...' He says, 'No. Feed them every day.' And he took out a cheque and wrote it. And that's where my Feed the People started there."

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