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Ali Forced You to Take Sides. I Took His.

What the Champ meant to a black baby boomer.

The greatest.

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In March of 1971, when Muhammad Ali met Joe Frazier in the Fight of the Century, I was in high school in Ithaca, New York. At that time Ithaca was a sleepy Republican town. But Ali woke things up. People who had no interest in sports were taking sides.

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