THE HONORABLE ANDRÉ CARSON
FLOOR REMARKS ON H.R. 2648, AWARDING MUHAMMAD ALI THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
Madam Speaker, yesterday I introduced a bill that will award the Congressional Gold Medal to Muhammad Ali.
Years ago, many of my colleagues watched Ali defeat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title and saw him capture a Gold Medal at the 1960 Olympics. His epic fights inspired a generation.
But it was outside the ring that Ali has truly made his mark. Fighting for civil rights and racial harmony. Combating world hunger and disease.
Under the shadow of 1960s discrimination, few could have imagined that an African American and fellow Muslim would transcend race, religion and culture to promote peace around the world.
I believe that today, as so many around the world are struggling, it is more important than ever to pay tribute to those who selflessly devote their lives to others.
I encourage all of my colleagues to recognize a great humanitarian who will remain a role model for generations to come. Join me in supporting H.R. 2648.
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