Heavyweight punches couldn’t take down the Jim Crow world Muhammad Ali grew up in. The city of his youth — and a few years later, my own — was segregated, stratified and straitjacketed by race. David Remnick offers a reminder that it wasn’t just white America he challenged. It was his very own hometown. — Andrea Kannapell, Editor, What We’re Reading
On April 28, 1967, Muhammad Ali walked into an army induction center in Houston, Texas. There he would inform the draft board that he was refusing to take the army oath, saying he was exempt because of his ministership in the Nation of Islam. On April 28, 1967, the same day Ali refused to be inducted, the New York State boxing commission indefinitely suspended his license to box and stripped him of the title of heavyweight champion of the world.