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Ali 'Found His Faith,' Civil Rights Icon Vivian Says

The Reverend C.T. Vivian, an icon of the U.S. civil rights movement, says boxer Muhammad Ali’s conversion to Islam reinforced the movement’s commitment to equal opportunity and nonviolence. Ali was beloved by some and maligned by others for his refusal to enter the military during the Vietnam War, his opposition to integration during the civil rights movement in the 1960s and his conversion from Christianity to Islam.   Some of Ali’s actions during the civil rights era provided “a...

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