CHICAGO -- For the better part of 20 years, Muhammad Ali was one of Chicago’s very own. When his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War forced him to abandon the boxing ring, Ali came here, immersing himself in his Muslim faith and in everyday life in the South Shore neighborhood.
He came to Chicago as Cassius Clay, and left as Muhammad Ali.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson became very close to Ali in those days, spending countless hours with him during his time in our city. On his way to Louisville to take part in the remainder of the champ’s three-day funeral program, Jackson shared some of his memories of him.