Jackie Robison vs Ali

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Jack Roosevelt “Jackie Robinson” &
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr “Muhammad Ali”

Muhammad Ali once said, "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.” Muhammad Ali stood for the common black man, so did Jackie Robinson. Both of these men were professional athletes, two different sports, baseball and boxing, were changed forever because of these men. They both broke segregation barriers not only in their profession but also outside the field and ring. Both these men had some similarities but overall had more differences whether it was their profession, who they were influenced by, or their involvement with war.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American
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That same day the New York State Athletic Commission had his title stripped and boxing license suspended. He would go on to win the case and his conviction was overturned.

Both men, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, had changed the world through their profession and through their ideals. They had changed the world of sports and had helped put an end to segregation. It can easily be seen that Jackie Robinson had a greater influence on civil rights, but they both helped put a stop to segregation. Like Jackie Robinson had once said, “There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.”

"I was young, black Cassius Marcellus Clay, who had won a gold medal for his country. I went to downtown Louisville to a five-and-dime store that had a soda fountain. I sat down at the counter to order a burger and soda pop. The waitress looked at me. … 'Sorry, we don't serve coloreds,' she said. I was furious. I went all the way to Italy to represent my country, won a gold medal, and now I come back to America and can't even get served at a five-and-dime store. I went to a bridge, tore the medal off my neck and threw it into the river. That gold medal didn't mean a thing to me if my black brothers and sisters were treated wrong in a country I was supposed to represent."

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