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The Word Up Project: Level BlueUnit 2 - Muhammad Ali2A IntroductionIn the 1960s, a young boxer named Cassius Clay came out of Kentucky, winning lots of fights. He even won the gold medal at the Olympics in Rome when he was only 18 years old. Still, most sports experts didn’t think much of Cassius Clay. First, he had the nerve to call himself “the greatest.” Second, he had a very strange boxing style, in which he dodged more than he blocked. Third, he would rhyme before a fight – clever freestyles that would later lead people to call him the first rapper ever.He went on to live up to his self-proclaimed “greatest” title. After switching his name to Muhammad Ali and converting to Islam, the boxer was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. He refused, arguing that the war was immoral. This got him banned from boxing in the United States for three years, until the Supreme Court decided that Ali should have the right to box. Ali came back in grand style, at an enormous fight, called the Rumble in the Jungle.2B Song Lyrics“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,Your hands can’t touch what your eyes can’t see.”Now everybody’s going to say his name: “Ali,”But he was born Cassius Clay.From day one, he struggled and grappled with the fact that his grades were bad, he’s in the back of the class.But it was inherited, he had a heritage,To keep his head up and never quit,This boxer spit more rhymes than Chaucer,Kept it hotter than water when you’re cooking lobster.“Wooh!” You said it, he had The appearance or mien of a man with a dream.They say to catch the worm, the birdie’s got to get up early,Well, Ali was faster than the Kentucky Derby. Oh, he was quick and agile,Fast on his feet, the kid had style,He won Olympic gold, and came home to eat,The restaurant said, “Sorry, son, whites only.”Oh, He felt so cold and unsettledThat he went to the river and threw in his gold medal.This was the time and eraof the Vietnam War,And Ali got drafted to fight and serve.But his stanceon the war? He thought it was wrong,“I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.”A man who speaks what he thinks? You said it,Meditate and museon that for a minute, while I…Hook12
Ali’s biggest fight was with George Foreman,It was pivotalin his life, so important.It went down in Zaire; it was called and dubbedThe Rumble in the Jungle.Foreman was stronger, but Ali was audacious,Fearless and bold, preparing to go round for round.He had to musterand gather the strengthTo absorb Foreman’s blows. Nobody knows how Ali had the strength and the staminaTo withstand the pain, grab your camera.‘Cause one punch was exceptional, it stood out,And that punch knocked George Foreman down.The fight was legendary, and the story was toldAmong the black, the white, and the young and the old.

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