How Muhammad Ali Changed America—And His Role in Malcolm X’s Murder

Former New York Times reporter Robert Lipsyte revolutionized sportswriting in the mid-1960s when he started covering the late Muhammad Ali, then Cassius Clay, a.k.a. “The Louisville Lip.”

Where other scribes and broadcasters saw a loudmouthed, uppity punk they openly wanted to lose to Sonny Liston, Jerry Quarry, Floyd Paterson, and others, Lipsyte saw a man of immense ability and intelligence who would change not just boxing but American culture.

  • ismiselemeas

    If Ali was so smart he wouldn’t have been taken in by the Nation Of Islam which was/is clearly a fraudulent cult.

    • Solo712

      Rebellion and black supremacism/separatism kinda ran in the Clay family: papa was a follower of Marcus Garvey, in many ways the predecessor of Wallace Fard Muhammad and his Nation of Islam.