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    “He won the championship and when he came back they wouldn’t serve him dinner. He felt like a prize was nothing, so he threw (his medal) in the Ohio River. He was the one that basically started Martin Luther King Jr.’s actions. And (Ali) thought it wasn’t fair that some people get these rights but other people don’t. I have to say, I completely agree with him. I have some friends that are dark-skinned and they are really good friends of mine and I wouldn’t even know them if it weren’t for him, basically.”

    Nine-year-old Hudson played in the Louisville Leopard Percussionists drum circle for the I Am Ali celebration.

     

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    Mary Chellis Nelson is the managing editor of Louisville Magazine.

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