CASSIUS CLAY - SONNY LISTON BOXING FIGHT
ORIG. NEG. 1200 FT. SOF MAG MS LISTON WEIGH-IN. LS CLAY BEING HELD BACK FROM GOING OVER TO LISTON. MS CAMERAMEN WORKING. MS DOCTOR EXAMINING SONNY LISTON. MS MEDICAL REPORT GIVEN - LISTON DEFINITELY HURT HIS ARM. MS IN INTERVIEW WITH CASSIUS CLAY HE SAYS HE HAS ALWAYS SHOWED INDICATIONS OF BEING A CHAMPION. MS PICTURE OF LISTON'S ARM. DOCTOR EXPLAINS WHAT HAPPEDED TO IT. MS LISTON NEWS CONFERENCE. HE SAYS HE IS SORRY HE LOST. CI: GEOGRAPHIC - FLORIDA, MIAMI. PERSONALITIES - CLAY, CASSIUS / MUHAMMED ALI. PERSONALITIES - LISTON, SONNY. OCCUPATION - CAMERAMEN. SPEECHES - BOXING, LISTON- CLAY FIGHT. This asset has been transferred - NYPK19375D
MUHAMMAD ALI TRIBUTE (1991)
BOXING GREAT MUHAMMAD ALI WAS IN MIAMI TODAY FOR CEREMONIES COMMEMORATING THE SCENE OF HIS FIRST HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO...ON FEB. 25, 1964...THAT ALI, THEN KNOWN AS CASIUS CLAY, DEFEATED SONNY LISTON FOR THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE. ALI'S GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY INCLUDED HIS WIFE, LONNIE, FOUR OF HIS CHILDREN, INCLUDING 4-MONTH-OLD ASAAD AMIN, LEGENDARY BOXING TRAINER ANGELO DUNDEE, CURRENT WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION EVANDER HOLYFIELD AND FORMER BOXERS EARNIE ELLIS, PINKLON THOMAS AND JIMMY ELLIS. A PORTION OF THE NEWLY EXPANDED MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER WILL BE NAMED AFTER ALI.
MUHAMMAD ALI TURNS 50
BOXING GREAT MUHAMMAD ALI REACHED THE HALF CENTURY MARK ON FRIDAY...THE LEGEND WHO STARTED HIS BOXING CAREER AS CASIUS CLAY MAKES VERY FEW PUBLIC APPEARANCES THESE DAYS, BUT HE WILL BE REMEMBERED BY MOST OF US NOT JUST FOR HIS BOXING SKILLS, BUT AS A FIREY SPEAKER ALWAYS WILLING TO VOICE HIS OPINION. ALI WON HIS FIRST PRO-FIGHT ON FEB. 25, 1964 IN MIAMI, FLORIDA. HE DEFEATED SONNY LISTON FOR HIS FIRST HEAVY WEIGHT TITLE. ALTOGETHER ALI RACKED UP THREE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP'S, AN OLYMPIC MEDAL, AND SEVERAL GOLDEN GLOVE AWARDS. OUTSIDE OF THE RING, ALI SUMMARIZED THE TURBULENT SIXTIES. HE WAS OUTSPOKEN ON AMERICA'S INVOLVEMENT IN VIETNAM. HE CHANGED HIS NAME TO GIVE TRIBUTE TO HIS RELIGION AND POLITICS. AND HE WAS A ROLE MODEL FOR AMERICA'S YOUNG BLACK ATHLETES. PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND THE MANY YEARS OF PUNCHES HAVE TAKEN THEIR TOLL ON THE FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. HE APPEARS TO BE 70 INSTEAD OF FIFTY, BUT HIS LEGACY WILL NEVER FADE.
CASSIUS CLAY IN HOSPITAL / MUHAMMED ALI
ORIG. NEG. 500 FT. SOF MAG LS HOSPITAL. VARIOUS SHOTS NEWSMEN. CASSIUS CLAY, HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION OF WORLD, IS WHEELED IN A WHEEL CHAIR. MS HE SAYS HE REGRETS GETTING SICK AND IT IS DISSAPPOINTING TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HIS FIGHT AGAINST SONNY LISTON HAD TO BE CALLED OFF. SAYS THE HOSPITAL IS TREATING HIM FINE AND HE WILL GO RIGHT BACK INTO TRAINING FOR ANOTHER FIGHT. CI: GEOGRAPHIC - MASS. , BOSTON. PERSONALITIES - CLAY, CASSIUS.
CASSIUS CLAY IN HOSPITAL / MUHAMMED ALI
ORIG. NEG. 500 FT. SOF MAG LS HOSPITAL. VARIOUS SHOTS NEWSMEN. CASSIUS CLAY, HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION OF WORLD, IS WHEELED IN A WHEEL CHAIR. MS HE SAYS HE REGRETS GETTING SICK AND IT IS DISSAPPOINTING TO A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HIS FIGHT AGAINST SONNY LISTON HAD TO BE CALLED OFF. SAYS THE HOSPITAL IS TREATING HIM FINE AND HE WILL GO RIGHT BACK INTO TRAINING FOR ANOTHER FIGHT. CI: GEOGRAPHIC - MASS. , BOSTON. PERSONALITIES - CLAY, CASSIUS.
Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay #3 (AP and ABC)
NVS0126 0000/00/00 NVS0126 Subject: Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay #3 Old Title: Sports #s 54, 55, 57 Source: ABC, WTN Muhammad Ali (9/26/77) B32720 (Kamfor) 01:00:00 New York: VS MUHAMMAD ALI WORKING OUT WITH SPARRING PARTNER, JUMPING ROPE WORKING ON BODY BAG, ETC. INTERVIEW WITH ALI ON UPCOMING FIGHT WITH LEON SPINKS. EXTERIORS GLEASON'S GYMNASIUM. Ali-Spinks (6/9/78) B38559 (NDS) 01:08:29 Las Vegas, NV: VS HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER LEON SPINKS CHATTING WITH COACHES, WEIGHING IN ON FLOOR OF BOXING RING PRIOR TO MATCH. VS SPINKS CHATTING WITH COACHES, TRYING ON GLOVES. VS ARRIVAL TO RING OF CHAMPION MUHAMMAD ALI. VS ALI WEIGHING IN AT RING. VS ALI DEPARTING STADIUM. Clay-Liston Signing (9/14/64) A07418 (Cooldige) 01:10:44 Boston, MA: MCU CASSIUS CLAY SAYING HE WOULD LOVE TO FIGHT FLOYD PATERSON. HE SAYS SONNY LISTON DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE WITH HIM. HE ASKS THE SPORTS WRITERS WHY THEY WOULDN'T CALL HIM MUHAMMAD ALI. MCU SONNY LISTON. MS LISTON AND CLAY SIGN CONTRACT FOR RETURN MATCH. Liston / Clay After Fight (5/25/65) A13836 (Coolidge) 01:15:14 Lewiston, ME: MS CASSIUS CLAY, HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, SURROUNDED BY CROWDS. HE DESCRIBES HOW HE KNOCKED OUT SONNY LISTON. Night March in Louisville (4/18/67) A35302 (Dellutin) 01:19:45 Louisville, KY: SHOTS OF NIGHT DEMONSTRATION IN LOUISVILLE; NEGRO MARCHES SITTING ON GROUND. MANY WITH SIGNS. PEOPLE ARE ARRESTED AND CARRIED TO PATROL WAGONS. POLICE DRAG PEOPLE ALONG STREET TO WAGON. KIDS SING AND CHANT. INSIDE QUINN BAPTIST CHURCH. MCU CASSIUS CLAY SEATED IN CHURCH. SILENT OF CONGREGATION CLAPPING AND SINGING. POLICE MARCH (NIGHT) IN LARGE GROUP DOWN ROAD TOWARD AND PAST CAMERA. LS WHITE DEMONSTRATORS HOLD UP CONFEDERATE FLAG. MORE GENERAL SHOTS OF ARRESTS AND MARCHERS. NEGROES AND WHITES ARE ARRESTED. POLICE SHOVE CAMERAMEN AWAY. POLICE ARREST MAN WHO HAD SLINGSHOTS AND FIRECRACKERS. NEGRO MARCHERS CLIMB INTO LARGE U - HAUL TRUCK. SOME WHITES IN GROUP. TRUCK DRIVES OFF - BACK DOORS OPEN. EXTERIORS OF QUINN CHURCH. SHOTS OF CASSIUS CLAY INSIDE. GROUP IN CHURCH. Convention - Elijah Muhhamed (2/26/65) A11860 (Beeman) 01:40:21 Chicago, IL: (NOTE - SOUND IS BAD) VARIOUS SHOTS OF CASSIUS CLAY FIGHTING IN RING WITH UNIDENTIFIED FIGHTER. CU ELIJAH MUHAMMED MAKING A SPEECH WITH MANY BODYGUARDS STANDING AROUND HIM. VARIOUS SHOTS PEOPLE CHANTING AFTER EVERY SENTENCE HE MAKES. CU CASSIUS CLAY CLAPPING AND CHANTING. LOUISVILLE, KY: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION MUHAMMAD ALI GOT TOGETHER W / CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER MARTIN LUTHER KING FOR A FRIENDLY CHAT (3/30/67) A0039243 01:46:10 "CLAY - KING" SHOWS: INTERVIEW W / CASSIUS CLAY & MARTIN L KING: LOUISVILLE, KY: CASSIUS CLAY AT OPEN HOUSING RALLY (4/19/67) A0039757 01:47:58 "CLAY LOUISVILLE" - CLAY AT ROSTRUM CLAY SOF CROWD APPLAUDS SOF CLAY INTERVU SOF 2 OF CROWD CLAPS & CHANTS SOF. NEW YORK: ALI - FRAZIER PRESS CONFERENCE (7/17/75) C0051559 01:49:26 MCU ALI PUNCHING AT THE AIR THEN ALI & BUNDINI BOTH WITH NETS IN HAND MCU DON KING SHOT OF ALI WITH LITTLE RUBBER GORILLA HITTING IT IN HEAD AGAIN & AGAIN LS TABLE ALI & OTHERS BEHIND IT MCU ALI & BUNOINI BROWN WITH NETS IN HAND DOING THEIR ACT RECITING TO EACH OTHER ABOUT THE FIGHT SHOT OF ALI DON KING AND FRAZIER SITTING BEHIND TABLE ALI JABBING AT FRAZIER FACE AND JUST FALLING SHORT, CUTAWAY PRESS TAKING PICTURES ALI KING & FRAZIER STANDING BEHIND TABLE TALKING TO EACH OTHER. NEW YORK: JOE FRAZIER PRESS CONFERENCE ON UPCOMING FIGHT WITH ALI (8/26/75) C0052282 01:51:59 "FRAZIER - ALI" SHOWS: LS AND MS OF JOE FRAZIER IN A ROOM SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE: SHOT OF POSTER OF ALI - FRAZIER: CU OF FRAZIER AND DON KING BEHIND HIM: SHOT OF ALI DUNDEE BROWN FOLLOWED BY A LITTLE ANTICS: CU OF DON KING. MANILA, PHILIPPINES ALI & FRAZIER WITH PRES & MRS MARCOS, ALI SPEAKING (9/19/75) C0052107 01:53:24 "ALI - MARCOS" SHOWS: MCU ALI SPEAKING, PULL OUT MS PRESIDENT MARCOS, MRS MARCOS, ALI, FRAZIER. Foreman's Cut Eye (9/17/74) A97223 (Bruck) 01:54:42 ZAIRE: FOREMAN'S CUT EYE: SU BRANNIGAN. MS FLAG OF ZAIRE FLYING. INTV W / MUHAMMAD ALI, WHO TELLS OF FRUSTRATIONS INVOLVED IN DELAYING FIGHT DUE TO CUT OVER EYE SUSTAINED BY OPPONENT FOREMAN. SAYS HE'S WILLING TO POSTPONE MATCH FOR SIX MONTHS. VO BRANNIGAN. VS MUSICIANS PLAYING GUITARS ON STREET CORNER IN KINSHASA, ZAIRE. VS FOREMAN SPARRING. SHOTS OF TRAINER EXAMINING CUT OVER FOREMAN'S EYE. FOREMAN & TRAINER LEAVING ROOM, HOLDING TOWEL OVER CUT. Ali / Foreman Ready (10/24/74) A98141 (Bruck) 02:06:49 ZAIRE: ALI - FOREMAN READY: CONTINUATION OF FTG OF ALI / FOREMAN READY. PRESS CONFERENCE W/ GEORGE FOREMAN. HE TELLS OF WRITING HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY. SAYS HE IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND VERY CONFIDENT ABOUT FIGHT. SHOTS OF SOLDIERS AND POLICE GUARDING STADIUM. MORE OF RING UNDER CONSTRUCTION. MORE OF CASSIUS CLAY / MUHAMMAD ALI TRAINING. VIDEONOTE: PORTIONS OF "A" ROLL INCLUDING GEORGE FOREMAN AND MUHAMMAD ALI SPARRING TRANSFERED TO AVS REEL TRACKING NUMBER 6483. END TAPE
Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay #3 (AP and ABC)
NVS0126 0000/00/00 NVS0126 Subject: Muhammad Ali / Cassius Clay #3 Old Title: Sports #s 54, 55, 57 Source: ABC, WTN Muhammad Ali (9/26/77) B32720 (Kamfor) 01:00:00 New York: VS MUHAMMAD ALI WORKING OUT WITH SPARRING PARTNER, JUMPING ROPE WORKING ON BODY BAG, ETC. INTERVIEW WITH ALI ON UPCOMING FIGHT WITH LEON SPINKS. EXTERIORS GLEASON'S GYMNASIUM. Ali-Spinks (6/9/78) B38559 (NDS) 01:08:29 Las Vegas, NV: VS HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER LEON SPINKS CHATTING WITH COACHES, WEIGHING IN ON FLOOR OF BOXING RING PRIOR TO MATCH. VS SPINKS CHATTING WITH COACHES, TRYING ON GLOVES. VS ARRIVAL TO RING OF CHAMPION MUHAMMAD ALI. VS ALI WEIGHING IN AT RING. VS ALI DEPARTING STADIUM. Clay-Liston Signing (9/14/64) A07418 (Cooldige) 01:10:44 Boston, MA: MCU CASSIUS CLAY SAYING HE WOULD LOVE TO FIGHT FLOYD PATERSON. HE SAYS SONNY LISTON DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE WITH HIM. HE ASKS THE SPORTS WRITERS WHY THEY WOULDN'T CALL HIM MUHAMMAD ALI. MCU SONNY LISTON. MS LISTON AND CLAY SIGN CONTRACT FOR RETURN MATCH. Liston / Clay After Fight (5/25/65) A13836 (Coolidge) 01:15:14 Lewiston, ME: MS CASSIUS CLAY, HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, SURROUNDED BY CROWDS. HE DESCRIBES HOW HE KNOCKED OUT SONNY LISTON. Night March in Louisville (4/18/67) A35302 (Dellutin) 01:19:45 Louisville, KY: SHOTS OF NIGHT DEMONSTRATION IN LOUISVILLE; NEGRO MARCHES SITTING ON GROUND. MANY WITH SIGNS. PEOPLE ARE ARRESTED AND CARRIED TO PATROL WAGONS. POLICE DRAG PEOPLE ALONG STREET TO WAGON. KIDS SING AND CHANT. INSIDE QUINN BAPTIST CHURCH. MCU CASSIUS CLAY SEATED IN CHURCH. SILENT OF CONGREGATION CLAPPING AND SINGING. POLICE MARCH (NIGHT) IN LARGE GROUP DOWN ROAD TOWARD AND PAST CAMERA. LS WHITE DEMONSTRATORS HOLD UP CONFEDERATE FLAG. MORE GENERAL SHOTS OF ARRESTS AND MARCHERS. NEGROES AND WHITES ARE ARRESTED. POLICE SHOVE CAMERAMEN AWAY. POLICE ARREST MAN WHO HAD SLINGSHOTS AND FIRECRACKERS. NEGRO MARCHERS CLIMB INTO LARGE U - HAUL TRUCK. SOME WHITES IN GROUP. TRUCK DRIVES OFF - BACK DOORS OPEN. EXTERIORS OF QUINN CHURCH. SHOTS OF CASSIUS CLAY INSIDE. GROUP IN CHURCH. Convention - Elijah Muhhamed (2/26/65) A11860 (Beeman) 01:40:21 Chicago, IL: (NOTE - SOUND IS BAD) VARIOUS SHOTS OF CASSIUS CLAY FIGHTING IN RING WITH UNIDENTIFIED FIGHTER. CU ELIJAH MUHAMMED MAKING A SPEECH WITH MANY BODYGUARDS STANDING AROUND HIM. VARIOUS SHOTS PEOPLE CHANTING AFTER EVERY SENTENCE HE MAKES. CU CASSIUS CLAY CLAPPING AND CHANTING. LOUISVILLE, KY: HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION MUHAMMAD ALI GOT TOGETHER W / CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER MARTIN LUTHER KING FOR A FRIENDLY CHAT (3/30/67) A0039243 01:46:10 "CLAY - KING" SHOWS: INTERVIEW W / CASSIUS CLAY & MARTIN L KING: LOUISVILLE, KY: CASSIUS CLAY AT OPEN HOUSING RALLY (4/19/67) A0039757 01:47:58 "CLAY LOUISVILLE" - CLAY AT ROSTRUM CLAY SOF CROWD APPLAUDS SOF CLAY INTERVU SOF 2 OF CROWD CLAPS & CHANTS SOF. NEW YORK: ALI - FRAZIER PRESS CONFERENCE (7/17/75) C0051559 01:49:26 MCU ALI PUNCHING AT THE AIR THEN ALI & BUNDINI BOTH WITH NETS IN HAND MCU DON KING SHOT OF ALI WITH LITTLE RUBBER GORILLA HITTING IT IN HEAD AGAIN & AGAIN LS TABLE ALI & OTHERS BEHIND IT MCU ALI & BUNOINI BROWN WITH NETS IN HAND DOING THEIR ACT RECITING TO EACH OTHER ABOUT THE FIGHT SHOT OF ALI DON KING AND FRAZIER SITTING BEHIND TABLE ALI JABBING AT FRAZIER FACE AND JUST FALLING SHORT, CUTAWAY PRESS TAKING PICTURES ALI KING & FRAZIER STANDING BEHIND TABLE TALKING TO EACH OTHER. NEW YORK: JOE FRAZIER PRESS CONFERENCE ON UPCOMING FIGHT WITH ALI (8/26/75) C0052282 01:51:59 "FRAZIER - ALI" SHOWS: LS AND MS OF JOE FRAZIER IN A ROOM SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE: SHOT OF POSTER OF ALI - FRAZIER: CU OF FRAZIER AND DON KING BEHIND HIM: SHOT OF ALI DUNDEE BROWN FOLLOWED BY A LITTLE ANTICS: CU OF DON KING. MANILA, PHILIPPINES ALI & FRAZIER WITH PRES & MRS MARCOS, ALI SPEAKING (9/19/75) C0052107 01:53:24 "ALI - MARCOS" SHOWS: MCU ALI SPEAKING, PULL OUT MS PRESIDENT MARCOS, MRS MARCOS, ALI, FRAZIER. Foreman's Cut Eye (9/17/74) A97223 (Bruck) 01:54:42 ZAIRE: FOREMAN'S CUT EYE: SU BRANNIGAN. MS FLAG OF ZAIRE FLYING. INTV W / MUHAMMAD ALI, WHO TELLS OF FRUSTRATIONS INVOLVED IN DELAYING FIGHT DUE TO CUT OVER EYE SUSTAINED BY OPPONENT FOREMAN. SAYS HE'S WILLING TO POSTPONE MATCH FOR SIX MONTHS. VO BRANNIGAN. VS MUSICIANS PLAYING GUITARS ON STREET CORNER IN KINSHASA, ZAIRE. VS FOREMAN SPARRING. SHOTS OF TRAINER EXAMINING CUT OVER FOREMAN'S EYE. FOREMAN & TRAINER LEAVING ROOM, HOLDING TOWEL OVER CUT. Ali / Foreman Ready (10/24/74) A98141 (Bruck) 02:06:49 ZAIRE: ALI - FOREMAN READY: CONTINUATION OF FTG OF ALI / FOREMAN READY. PRESS CONFERENCE W/ GEORGE FOREMAN. HE TELLS OF WRITING HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY. SAYS HE IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND VERY CONFIDENT ABOUT FIGHT. SHOTS OF SOLDIERS AND POLICE GUARDING STADIUM. MORE OF RING UNDER CONSTRUCTION. MORE OF CASSIUS CLAY / MUHAMMAD ALI TRAINING. VIDEONOTE: PORTIONS OF "A" ROLL INCLUDING GEORGE FOREMAN AND MUHAMMAD ALI SPARRING TRANSFERED TO AVS REEL TRACKING NUMBER 6483. END TAPE
CBS POOL MUHAMMAD MEMORIAL SERVICE (HD) - Part 1
CBS POOL FTG MUHAMMAD ALI MEMORIAL SERVICEH/T JAKE INGRASSIA, PAOLA CONTARDO AND SUNNY CHOO WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 15;10:47 Bill Clinton walks in 15;11;45 -- service starts 15;11;49 >> All praises due to the lord god of the world. Now please be seated, ladies and gentlemen. In accordance with Muslim tradition, and consistent with the wishes of Muhammad Ali, may god have mercy on him. We begin this program with a brief recitation from the Koran, the scripture of the muslims. A young Imam of the midtown mosque in Memphis, Tennessee, where he's spearheading a neighborhood renewal effort in one of the most blighted neighborhood in Memphis and that effort is centered around the mosque, one of the few African-American graduates of the university. He will share with us a few verses from the Koran. 15;12;50 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Hamza Abdul Malik. [ Applause ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;13;12 [ Speaking foreign language ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;17;10 (shot of Ali's wife) >> Now with the translation of those verses we would like to bring to the stage the second generation daughter of Syrian immigrants. She's an excellent student. In her spare time, in recent years, she raises money to provide medical supplies, surgical instruments and other forms of medical assistance for Syrian refugees fleeing from the horror of the current conflict in that land and we pray that almighty god brings it to a succession soon. 15;18;00 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Ia Kutma. [ Applause ] 15;18;14 >> In the name of god, the most gracious, the most merciful, truly those who say our lord is god and our upright the angels will descend upon them saying, have neither fear nor sadness, but rather, rejoice in this paradise that you have been promised. We are your allies in this lower life in the hereafter. Where you will have your heart's desire and you will have whatever you ask for. Hospitably from the one most forgiving, most merciful. Who is more beautiful in speech than the one who invites to god and does righteous works saying, truly, I am submitted to god? For good and evil are not equal. 15;19;13 Repel ugliness with beauty and behold the one between you and whom there was enmity is transformed into a warm friend. But no one arrives at the station without great patience and immense fortune. Through prostration, chapter 41 verses 30 to 35. Thank you. [Applause] 15;19;45 (shot of Ali's daughter) >> I forgot to mention that she is a louisvillean, a proud resident of this city. [Applause] 15:20 15;20;05 >> Oh, god, miss this day of ours, you are our protector. What an excellent protector, an excellent helper. Honorable president Bill William J. Clinton, distinguished guests, viewing audience, on behalf of the Ali family, and the city of Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the people's champ. [Applause] 15;20;50 >> Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. [Chanting] Ali, Ali. 15;21;00 >> We're dealing with time here, folks. Louisville, Kentucky, admirably led by mayor Greg fisher, I would like to welcome you. Give it up for the mayor. [Applause] >> I would like to welcome you to this memorial service for the people's champ, Muhammad Ali. And this time, we would like to introduce our first speaker. Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby. [Applause] 15;21;50 >> Were it not for time, since Cosby rhymes with Ali, we would we would say, Cosby, Cosby, but time doesn't permit. Reverend Cosby is senior pastor of St. Steven church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due greatly to his dynamic bible teachings his congregation has grown over the long years of his ministry. Reverend Cosby combines passion, wit, and intellect as the foundation of the inspirational ministry that is transformed the lives of thousands of individuals. Reverend Cosby. [Applause] 15;22;39 >> Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby: Thank you. I looked into the dictionary for the word, fidelity. And it had two words. Lonnie Ali. [Applause] 15;22;57 >> In 1967, nine months prior to his assassination and martyrdom, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. Was interviewed by merv griffin on "The merv griffin show". Merv griffin asked Dr. King a relevant question. He said, Dr. King, what has been the greatest affect and impact that the civil rights struggle has had on the Negro? Dr. King paused and said, besides the dismantling of barriers that prohibited the Negro from free access, the greatest and most profound effect that the civil rights struggle had was that it infused in the Negro something that the anything Negro needed all along. 15:24:07 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;24;00 And that was a sense of somebodiness. You will never be able to appreciate what Dr. King meant when he said, the negro needed a sense of somebodiness until you understand the 350 years of nobodiness that was infused into the psyche of people of color. Every sacred document in our history, every hallowed institution, conspired to convince the African in America that when god made the African, that god was guilty of creative malfeasance. 15;24;55 All of the documents from the constitution said to the Negro, that you're nobody. The constitution said that we were three-fifths of a person. Decisions by the supreme court, like the dred Scott decision, said to the Negro, to the African, you had no rights that whites were bound to respect. And even Francis Scott key, in his writing of "The star spangled banner" we sang, verse one, but in verse three he celebrates slavery by saying, no refuge can save the harrowing enslaved from the sorrow of night or the death of the grave. Every institution from religion to entertainment, from Amos and Andy to Jane and tarzan, infused in the psyche of the Negro, that he was inferior. 15;26;06 But something happened to the depression generation and the World War II generation of African-Americans. Jackie Robinson picked up his bat and hit a ball and the Brooklyn dodgers win the pennant. Joe Louis dismantles the pride of Aryan supremacy by knocking out max melling in 124 seconds. Jesse Lewis runs at ambulatory speed and wins four gold medals. Rosa parks sits on a bus in 1955 and a young seminary student from Boston university stands up and takes the complex ideas of _____ and dips it chocolate so big mama can understand it. 15;27;02 And then from Louisville. [Cheering] -- Emerged the civil-tongued poet who took the ethos of somebodiness to unheard of heights. Before James brown said, I'm black and I'm proud. Muhammad Ali said I'm black and I'm pretty. [Laughter] 15:27:38 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;27;44 >> Black and pretty was an oxymoron. Blacks did not say pretty. The first black millionaire in this country was not Oprah but madam C.J. Walker who made products in order to help black people escape their Africanity. But Muhammad Ali said I'm proud. I'm pretty. I'm glad of who I am. And when he said that, that infused in Africans a sense of somebodiness. 15;28;25 To extrapolate Muhammad Ali from the times in which he lives is called historic presentism. It is to talk about George Washington and not talk about the American revolution to talk about Abraham Lincoln and not talk about the civil war. It's to talk about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and not talk about the depression and World War II. Our brother, Muhammad Ali, was a product of a difficult time. And he dared to love black people. 15;29;05 At a time when black people had a problem loving themselves. [Applause] He dared. He dared to affirm the beauty of blackness. He dared to affirm the power and the capacity of African-Americans. He dared to love America's most unloved race. And he loved us all, and we loved him because he -- we knew he loved us. He loved us all. Whether you lived in the suburbs or whether you lived in the slums. Whether you lived on the avenue or whether you lived in an alley. Whether you came from the penthouse or whether you lived in the projects. Whether you came from Morehouse or whether you had no house, whether you were high yellow or boot black, Muhammad Ali loved you. Our city is known for two things. It's known for Muhammad Ali, it is known for the Kentucky derby. 15;30;19 We hope you will come back and visit our city. The first Saturday in may, we hope you will place a bet on one of the horses, but if you do, please know the rules. What will happen is the horses start in the starting gate and then the signal will be given think will run in the mud for two minutes. And the winner will then be led to the winner's circle where a right of roses will be placed around the horse's neck. We want you to make a bet but please know the rules. You cannot bet for the horse once it's in the winner's circle. You have to bet for the horse while it's still in the mud. [Applause] 15;31;09 And there are lot of people, a lot of people who will bet and have bet on Muhammad Ali when he was in the winner's circle. But the masses bet on him while he was still in the mud. [Applause] Kareem abdul-jabbar stood with him when he was in the mud, Jim brown stood with him when he was in the mud. Bill Russell stood with him when he was in the mud. Howard cosell stood with him when he was in the mud. 15:31:24 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;31;51 Please don't mishear me. I am not saying that Muhammad Ali is the property of black people. He is the property of all people. [Applause] But while he is the property of all people, let us never forget that he is the product of black people in their struggle to be free. [Applause] I went looking for Jesus on a poor west-end street, looking that I would find him as he walked around with men and women with stumbling feet. People who had their heads bowed low because they were broke and had nowhere to go. But then I went looking for Jesus, way in the sky. Thinking he would wear a robe that would dazzle my eye. When suddenly, Jesus came walking by with stumbling feet because he had been hanging with the poor on a west-end street. [Applause] 15:33:06 (shot of Ali's wife and family) 15;33;10 The Muhammad Ali of my childhood had a shuffle but as he grew older he walked with shuffling feet. And I will submit to you he walked with shuffling feet not because of Parkinson's disease but he walked with shuffling feet because he hanged out with the folk in west Louisville who had shuffling feet. Peace and god bless you. [Applause] 15;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife applauding and family standing up) 15;34;00 >> Yes, yes, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Don't give a teenager a telephone and don't give a preacher a microphone. [ laughter ] 15:34:15 (shot of Ali's wife) >> We'd like to bring Senator Orrin Hatch to the stage, now in this seventh term as Utah's senator, one of Utah's senators, he is the most senior Republican in the senate, author of some of the most far-reaching legislation in recent decades. Senator hatch is a seasoned and distinguished public servant. We're deeply honored by his presence today. [Applause] 15;35;00 >>Senator Orrin Hatch: Reverend, that was really good. It's hard for this poor old senator to have to follow that is all I can say. Well, the head of the first fight was Sonny Liston, and Muhammad Ali stood before a crowded pack of reporters and told the world unapologetically who he was. I'm the greatest. That's what he said. But this simple proclamation all took the history and -- Ali took the history and wrote his own title in the textbooks. He was not Muhammad Ali, the prize fighter. Or even the world champion. He was Muhammad all the greatest. His daughters dismissed this as bragging but Ali wasn't talking trash. He was speaking truth. And he was in the world of boxing, he truly was the greatest. [Applause] 15;36;13 (tight shot of ali's wife) 15;36;18 >> With the cut-throat quickness of a street fighter, and the simple grace of a ballerina, Ali moved with the killings like agility and punched with herculean strength. But to assume that Ali's greatness stems solely from his athletic prowess is to see half the man. Ali was great not only as an extraordinary fighter. He was a committed civil rights leader, an international diplomat, a forceful advocate of religious freedom, and effective emissary of Islam. He was something. He was caring as a father, a husband, a brother, and a friend. Indeed, it is as a personal friend that it witness Ali's greatness for myself.I first met Muhammad Ali 28 years ago. Almost to the day, to this day. 15:37:09 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 15;37;21 I was in my senate office and an assistant said you have a visitor, and I was really surprised that it was none other than the champion himself. The friendship we developed was puzzling to many people, especially to those who saw only our differences. I might say that where others saw a difference, Ali and I saw kinship. We were both dedicated to our families. And deeply devoted to our faiths. He took Islam, and I to the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. We were both products of humble backgrounds and hard scrabble youth. Ali grew up poor here in Louisville and I grew up poor in Pittsburgh. True, we were different in some ways but our differences fortified our friendship. 15;38;26 They did not define it. I saw greatness in Ali's ability to look beyond the horizon and our differences. To find common ground. This shared sensibility was the foundation of a rich and meaningful relationship that I will forever treasure. One of my fondest memories of our friendship when Ali joined news the Salt Lake -- going to listen to the Salt Lake Mormon tabernacle choir. I have to say, it was the same Mormon tabernacle choir -- Ali loved music, and he enjoyed the choir's performance, but he seemed most excited to share his own religious beliefs with those who came to hear the Christian hymns. Ali attracted big crowds that day, and as he always did, and he gave everyone autographed pamphlets explaining his Muslim beliefs. 15;39;31 Hundreds of mormons lined up to grab the pamphlets, and of course I took one for myself. I respected his deeply held convictions just as he respected mine. In our relationship it was anchored by our different faiths. Ali was open to goodness. In all of its diverse realities and varieties. On another occasion, I took Ali to primary children's hospital in Salt Lake City. We visited with downtrodden children who perhaps had never smiled a day in their lifetime. Until Ali showed up. Ali held those kids and looked into their eyes. They would grin from ear to ear. These are kids that never smiled. They were so pained. The nurses were astounded. Never before had they seen someone who had connected so immediately and profoundly with these sick children. 15;40;35 Ali had a special way with kids as we all know. He may have been a tough and tenacious man in the ring, but he was a compassionate and tender around those that he loved. 15:40:48 (shot of Ali's wife) Through all of his ferocity as a fighter, Ali was also a peacemaker, a particular radio host in Utah berated me constantly on the air waves. Week after week. One day the host asked if I were arrange for Ali to meet Utah's former middleweight champion, James Fulmer, for a joint interview. Ali agreed. Knowing that the appearance could help me build some good will, but he also was very interested in meeting James(?) as well. It was an unforgettable experience. Here were two champions, face-to-face, reminiscing about some of the best fights the world has ever seen, and I have to say, in the process, Ali claimed that radio host -- well, he charmed the radio host so much on my behalf, gently transforming an unrepentant antagonist into a respectful starring partner. 15;41;52 So dedicated was Ali to our friendship, that he joined me on the campaign trail during several election cycles. He came to Utah year after year to raise funds for a charity benefiting needy women, women in jeopardy, and families in our state. Ali didn't look at life through the binary lens of Republican and Democrat. So common today. He saw worthy causes and shared humanity. And always willingness to put principles ahead of partisanship, he showed us all the path to greatness. And I'll never forget that greatness. Nor will I ever forget him. [Applause] 15;42;47 There there were many faces to Ali's greatness. His abilities as a boxer, his charisma as a public figure, his benevolence as a father and as a friend. All of these made Ali great. But there was something else that made him the greatest. Ali was the greatest because, as a debilitated and unbroken champion for later years he put is to a greatness beyond ourselves, greatness beyond even Ali. He pointed us to the greatness of god. [Applause] 15;43;35 God raised up Ali to be the greatest fighter in the world of all-time. Yet he allowed Ali to wrestle with Parkinson's disease, an inescapable reminder we're all mortal, and that we are all dependent on god's grace. Ali believed this himself. He once told me, god gave me this condition to remind me always that I am human, and that only he is the greatest. [Applause] 15;44;12 Ali was an unsurpassed symbol of our universal dependence on the divine. He was the greatest because he reminded us all who truly is the greatest. God, our creator. I'm eternally grateful for my special bond with this special man, and for my friendship with his beloved wife, who I love dearly. She is one of the great women in this world. [Applause] 15;44;44 (shot of wife) She was dedicated to the very end and I pray that Ali rested peacefully and Ali will rest peacefully the presence of the greatest of all, even our gods. I can bear testimony that I believe in god. I believe that we're here on Earth for a reason. I believe that this Earth life is a time for us to do what is right for god and for our fellow men and women. I don't know that I've ever met anybody who did it any better than my friend, Muhammad Ali. [Applause] >> God bless you. God bless the family. 15;45;37 (shot of wife applauding) 15;45;45 >> Next we would like to welcome Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel to the stage. Father Kriegel has been instrumental -- has been the pastor of St. Patricks parish in Erie, PA. He was ordained in 1970 and named a domestic prebate with the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1991. His wisdom, scholraship and spiritual guidance is a source of solace and guidance for catholics and members of other faith communities far far beyond his Pennsylvania home. Father Kriegel. 15;46;35 >> Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel: Let us pray. Loving eternal god, as we gather today in prayer, we do so with an abiding sense of gratitude. Our gratitude knows no bounds as we thakn you for the gift of this good and gentle man. Muhammed Ali opened our eyes to the evil of racism, to the absurdity of war. He showed us with incredible patience that a debilitating illness need never diminish joy and love in our lives. He chided our consciences, he awakened in us a deeper sense of the need to respect one another, to set aside racial differences. The legendary fighter of all time in reality taught us to heal, rather than to fight. To embrace, rather than to turn away. To include, rather than to exclude. While proclaiming himself to be the greatest, he showed us that his greatness lied in his love and concern for others. Most particularly the marginalized, the suffering, the helpless, the hopeless. You gift of him has enriched us, has made us better people, has created a more gentle world. We dare not return him to you today without expressing our gratitude for the gift of him. Amen. 15;47;50 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;48;22 >> Next we will hear a few brief remarks from Dr. Timothy Gianotti. Dr. Gianotti is a professor of islamic studies at the university of waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is equally at home, busying himself with the affairs of the Muslim community as he is sitting in the library and burrowing through books. A true public intellectual. He is the initial and principal islamic adviser to the Ali family. He has been instrumental in assuring that the last days of Muhammad's life, his burial, his bathing, his shrouding, and his burial today, his funeral and burial today, all were in accordance with the strictures of Muslim law. So now I'd like to bring to you the person I affectionately call, brother, doctor, Imam, Timothy Gianotti. [Applause] 15;49;58 >> Dr. Timothy Gianotti: In the name of god who is the loving nurturer of the creation, and the ever compassionate and ever merciful, I'd like to share a prayer today. This is a prayer adapted from a there divisional prayer of the prophet Muhammad. My god's peace and blessings be upon him. But before I do so I would just like to say to the family, to Lonnie, to everyone here, that serving Muhammad Ali has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. 15;50;50 (shot of Ali's wife) Oh, god, you who are the light of the heavens and the Earth, grant our brother Muhammad a light in his heart. A light in his earthly body, now restored to the Earth. A light in his grave. A light before him as he journeys on to you. A light in all that he has left behind in this world. A light to his right, and the lights to his left. Oh, god, increase him inlight. Grant him light. A light in his deeds in this world and a light in the hereafter. A light in the hearts of those whom he loved. And a light in the eyes of those who loved him. 15;52;05 A light in those whom he knocked down. And a light in those whom he lifted up. A light in his words which echo in our hearts. A light in the lives of all those whom he touched. A light in his children and a light in their mothers. 15:52:40 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) A light in his grandchildren. And a light in his devoted wife, Lonnie. Oh, lord, increase your servants in light. And give him light. And embrace him in light. And fill us all with light .[ Foreign foreign ] 15;53;10 >> You who are the light odd Earth, you who are the most merciful of all those who show mercy. [Applause] 15;53;38 >> Next we'll hear a few words from rabbi Michael Lerner. Rabbi Lerner is the editor of a magazine, as the magazine's name suggests, rabbi Lerner has dedicated his life to working, to heal and repair the world. Rabbi Lerner is never afraid of ruffling a few feathers so we asked him to be nice today. Rabbi Lerner. [Applause] 15;54;23 >>Rabbi Michael Lerner: We'll see about the feathers. [Foreign chanting] >> Master of compassion, god of compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali and send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I come here speaking as representative of American Jews, and to say that American Jews played an important role of solidarity with the African-American struggles in this country, and that we today stand in solidarity with islamic communities in this country and all around the world. [Applause] 15;55;23 We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down a Muslim and blaming muslims for a few people. [Cheers and applause] 15;55;40 (shot of Ali's wife and family standing up and clapping) (shot of Bill Clinton clapping) 15;55;50 We know what it's like to be demeaned. We know what it's like to have some -- a few people who act against the highest visions of our tradition, to then be identified as the value of the entire tradition. And one of the reasons that we in (?) magazine, a magazine of liberal and Progressive jews but also an interfaith magazine, have called upon the United States to stand up to the part of the Israeli government that is suppressing Palestinians, is that we as Jews understand that our commitment is to recognize that god has created everyone in god's image, and that everyone is equally precious. 15;56;33 And that means that Palestinian people as well as all other people on the planet. [Applause] I know the people of Louisville have a special relationship to Muhammad Ali, and I had a personal relationship in the '60s when both of us were indicted by the federal government and before our various stands against the war in Vietnam. I want to say that although he was cheered on as the heavyweight champion of the world, you know the truth is that in all the honor to him, that heavyweight champions of the world come and go, and sports heroes come and go. There was something about Muhammad Ali that was different. 15;57;24 At the key moment when he had that recognition, he used it -- to stand up to an immoral war and say, no, I won't go! [ Applause ] And it's for that reason that tens and millions of Americans who don't particularly care about boxing care about Muhammad Ali because he was a person who was willing to risk a great honor that he got and a great fame that he got to stand up for the beliefs that he had, to think truth to power when the rest of the people around him said, no, no, you're going to lose your championship and it was taken away from him for five years. But he stood up and was willing to take that kind of a risk because of that kind of moral integrity. [ Applause ] 15;58;22 So I want so say, how do we honor Muhammad Ali? The way to honor Muhammad Ali is to be Muhammad Ali today. That means us, everyone here and everyone listening, it's up to us to continue that ability to speak truth to power. We must speak out, refuse to follow the path of conformity to the rules of the game in life. We must refuse to follow the path of conformity. Tell the 1% who own 80% of the wealth of this country that it's time to share that wealth. Tell the politicians who use violence worldwide and then preach nonviolence to the oppressed, that it's time to end their drone warfare and every other form of warfare, to close our bases around the world, bring the troops home, tell those who committed mass incarceration that it's time to create a guaranteed income for everyone in our society. [ Applause ] 15;59;34 Tell judges to let out of prison the many African-Americans swept up by racist police and imprisoned by racist judges. [ Applause ] Many are in prison today for offenses like possessing marijuana that white people get away with all the time! [ Applause ] Tell our elected officials to imprison those who authorize torture and those who ran the big investment companies that caused the economic collapse of 2008. Tell the leaders of Turkey to stop killing the kurds. Tell Israeli prime minister Netanyahu that the way to get security is for Israel is to stop the occupation of the west bank and help create a Palestinian state. [ Applause ] 16;00;37 Tell the next president of the United States that -- tell the next president of the united States that she --- (shot of bill clinton smiling) Tell the next president of the united States that she should seek a constitutional amendment to make all national and state elects funds by congress and the state legislator and all other money be banned, all other money from companies companies and individuals and make it all public funding. 16;01;30 >> Tell her that the way to achieve homeland security is not for us to try new ways of domination, the strategy of domination in the world of the other to get security has been tried for the last ten thousand years and doesn't work. The way to get security is for the United States to become known as the most generous and caring country in the world, not the most powerful. [Applause] 16;02;00 We can start with a global and domestic plan to once and for all ended global and domestic poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, inadequate health care. So, I want to, as chair of the interfaith network of spiritual Progressives -- by the way, spiritual progressives.org come and join us -- I want to affirm our commitment to the well-being of all muslims on the planet as well as the people of all faiths and secular humanists as well. We wish to pay honor to muslims of the world as the continue today the fast of Ramadan, and join with them in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali, a great -- peace be upon him, peace be upon the prophet now ham -- Muhammad and peace on humanity and peace on all of us, amen. [Cheers and applause] 16;03;20 [Chanting] Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. Ali. >> Time, time, time is not on our side. After that speech, I have to edit my initial remarks, honorable first man William J. Clinton. Chief Sidney hill in 2002, Sidney Hill was selected as Tadodaho, or principal spiritual leader of its people a true friend of the earth and beloved to all who know him, he is a leader whose spirituality is coupled with a passionate pursuit of justice. We are honored that he has come here today to share a few words and a few thoughts with us. Chief Hill. [ Applause ] 16;04;44 >>Chief Sidney hill: [ Speaking only in foreign language ] 16;06;16 >>This is chairman Stevens with us, United Nation from our alliance (?) Nation. Translation: he said, my relatives, it is my responsibility to pick up the words for (?) the people of the longhouse. They wish you well. They want you to be at peace of mind. Now this great darkness that has happened to us, you must understand that you who have gathered us here, that his road is straight. Peacefully, he will arrive at his land. [foreign language] Our creator. It is the same as you call him, Allah. 16;07;30 These were the words. He took the family, your relatives and friends of Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali was the leader among men. And a champion of the people. He fought for the people of color, yet he was man of peace and principle. A man of compassion, who used his great gifts for the common good. The spirit has a clear path to the creator. 16;08;27 To the spiritual leader, six nation iroquois confederation. And myself, faithkeeper, turtle clan, under the council of chiefs, have journeyed here today to add our voice to this congregation of world leaders, in honor of his work, and for the right and dignity of people of color and the common man. [Applause] 16;09;15 He was always in support of the indigenous people of this hemisphere in our quest for our inherent land rights, self-determination, identity, and collective right that include the natural world. We know what he was up against. Because we have had 524 years of survival training ourselves. [Applause] 16;09;50 (shot of Ali's wife clapping) In 1978, a congressman from the state of Washington put a bill into congress to terminate our treaties with the United States. An Indian nations walked from California to Washington, DC, in protest. Muhammad Ali marched into Washington, DC with us. [Applause] 16;10;31 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 16;10;38 He was a free, independent spirit. He stood his ground with great courage and conviction. And he paid a price. And this country did, too. And we all did. Values and principles will determine one's destiny. And the principles of a nation will do the same. Poor people do not have many options. You fighters know what I'm talking about. He said that ring was Ali's path to his destiny. He said he would be heavyweight champion of the world, and he was. Three times. This is the fourth time, right here, right now. [Applause] 16;11;55 On his journey in life, he lived and learned the hard way. He brought a light into this world. My world. Our world. And that light will shine a long, long time. [ Applause ] Peace, brother. Peace. And on behalf of my friend Ernie and the indigenous people everywhere, peace. Thank you. [Applause] 16;12;58 >> We introduce chief hill, and his words were translated by Chief Oren Lyons who was born into a traditional indigenous family, and grew up on the native reservations of upstate New York. In 1970 he became the chief and faithkeeper of the turtle clan of the onondaga nation. His scholarship, stewardship and leadership is a source of benefit and great blessing for all who know him. Now he want to introduce Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, Rabbi Rapport is senior rabbi here of the temple here in Louisville where he has been a leader in interfaith work. He has the passion for teaching youth, and in fact it is his work with youth that let him to cross paths with Muhammad Ali. His religious leadership focuses on compassion, care, and working together was all to build a better world. Rabbi Rapport. [Applause] 16;14;24 >>Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport: This is a reading from our memorial prayer on yom kippur. Our day of atonement. Our most sacred day of the year. It was written men decades ago by rabbi Fein, civil rights leader who could never have known when he composed these words he was writing a eulogy for Muhammad Ali. 16;14;49 Birth is a beginning. And death a destination. And life is a journey, from childhood to maturity, and youth to age. From innocence to awareness, and ignorance to knowing. From foolishness to discretion. And then perhaps to wisdom. From weakness to strength, and strength to weakness. And often back again. From health to sickness, and back we pray to health again. From offense to forgiveness. From loneliness to love. From joy to gratitude. And pain to compassion, from grief to understanding. From fear to faith. From defeat to defeat to defeat, until looking backward or ahead we see that victory lies not at some high place along the way, but in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage. 16;15;50 Birth is a beginning. And death, a destination. And life is a journey. The sacred pilgrimage to life everlasting. We say words of prayer and they remain words, until we encounter a person who embodies these words and makes them real. I've said these words many times before. At funerals and memorial services. But never have I felt them come to life and speak of a single shining soul as I do today. Muhammad Ali was the heart of this city. The living, breathing, embodiment of the greatest that we can be. 16;16;33 (shot of Ali's wife) He was our heart, and that heart beats here still. [Applause] 16;16;47 Let me tell you a story you already know. It's one of those stories about Ali being gracious to a stranger that so many of us have told, so many times, and in so many we we sometimes forget the lessons these stories were intended to teach us. It's a story Honna tells about her father towards the end of their book, the soul of the butterfly. Honna's driving her father to a book store on one Sunday to pick up some bibles and korans for a project that he's working on. They pass an elderly man standing by the road with a bible in one hand and his thumb in the air with the other. They offer him a ride. And he thanks them, saying that he is on his way home from church. He only needs to go a few miles down the street where he can pick up a cab. Hanna asked where he lives help doesn't want to trouble them. He has no idea who is sitting in the front seat of the car. 16;17;48 Until Muhammad Ali turns around and says, it's no trouble at all. We're just on our way to a bookstore to by some bibles and korans. Once the man gets over meeting the greatest of all-time, he insists that he has three bibles in his house, and he would be pleased to give them to Ali in appreciation for the ride. Ali thanks him but says, he wants to pay for the bibles. The man says, no, the bibles were meant as a gift. Ali asked him what he does for a living. And it turns out the man had a stroke and has been forced into retirement. Ali then tries to hand him a big pile of money for the bibles. But the man refuses and this is where things get interesting. 16;18;37 Ali says, take the money, man, I'm trying to get into heaven.(laughter) 16;18;44 (shot of Ali's wife) And the man replied. So am I. Ali is not taking no for an answer. He says, if you don't take the money I might not get in. And the man replies, if I do take your money I might not get in. They arrive at his home, and the map invites him tomeet his wife of 30 years. He gives Ali the bibles. Ali slips the money under a napkin on the kitchen table. They're about to leave and Hannah gives the man her phone number and tells him to call him -- to call her if her needs a ride home from church again. Sitting in the car, Ali turns to his daughter and asks. Would you really go out of your way and pick him up and drive him home? And she says, yes. And with tears in his eyes, he says, that's me in you. [Applause] 16;19;52 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) 16;20;04 He says, you're on the road to heaven. Therein lies ally's greatness his ability to see something greater and his ability to inspire others to see such greatness' within themselves. There will never be another greatest like Muhammad Ali. But we together can now embody a measure of his kindness, and his compassion. We can say each of us in our hearts there's a little bit of Ali in me. [Applause] This week, we have mourned the loss and celebrated the life of a Louisville legend and a citizen of the world. And of all the words and all the ways, the most powerful moments have always been made in the voices of young people, repeated in prayer services, and chanted in the streets. I am Ali. I am Ali. I am not the fighter that Ali was. And I may not have the courage which he never lacked. And I am definitely not as pretty. (laughter) But in my heart, and in my hope, and in my prayers I am Muhammad Ali. [Applause] 16;21;36 >> When he say that in our hearts, when we live that in our lives, then we together can build a legacy worthy of the greatest of all-time. So say that now with me. In your heart, and in this room, I am Ali. I am Ali. [Applause] >> You know, one of the amazing things that we've witnessed during our time here in Louisville has been just so many stories of common, ordinary people. There's folks on the street, working in the hotels, the restaurants, virtually everyone has a story concerning how Muhammad Ali touched their lives. He came to my fourth grade class. He helped me out in this or that way. He came to visit me when I was sick. Just on and on and on. And collectively, those experiences, they become sinner ginnic, they become greater than the individual parts. And when we rose through the streets of the city today, I've witnessed something I've never, ever witnessed in my life. [ Applause ] 16;23;10 And I don't think I will ever witness again. I witnessed the power. In our muslim tradition we call it (foreign language) it might be loosely translated as sainthood, I witnessed the power of sainthood. [ applause] Venerable Utsumi is a member of the (foreign language) a Japanese Buddhist order dedicated to working for world peace through the practice of walking peace pilgrimages anti-nuclear weapon pilgrimages and the construction of peace pagodas all over the globe, he will be joined onstage by Sister Denise another member of the order and together they will share a traditional chant with us. 16;24;40 [Buddhist chants] 16:28:25 [Buddhist chants] 16;29;20 Now we will listen to a reading by , Ambassador Shabazz. Ambassador Shabazz is the oldest of six daughters born to el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (?) and Doctor Betty Shabazz. [applause] She probably shares that she is inspired by her parents, their parents, and those before them through the descending generations. The former prime minister of Belize recognized her as a key Ambassador in international cultural affairs and project development and in 2002 appointed her as ambassador at large, powerful and elegant we invite Ambassador Shabazz to read and share and inspire us. [ Applause ] 16:30;44 >>Ambassador Shabazz: Assalamu alaikum. May peace be upon us. All of us. As this is a homegoing celebration I find myself balanced between that of celebration and depletion, loss, that somehow or another, my breathing capacity has been weakened this past week so I ask all of you gathered and afar to please muster up and transmit a bit of your air to me in the memory of Muhammad Ali, thank you all. [ Speaking in foreign language ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SEVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 16;31;44 And more as the globe centers at this very moment amidst the holy month of Ramadan where every two hours there's a time zone praying, and including Muhammad Ali and his family in your thoughts. Amidst that are the prayers of all faiths, all those touched, even those that don't claim a religion are feeling something right now in honor of the family and the memory of their father, husband. In the spirit of my parents, Malcolm X Shabazz and Dr. Shabazz, in the presence of my five younger sisters, our children and our grandchildren I would like to first honor his beloved wife, my sister, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] 16;32;53 (shot of Ali's wife) 16;32;59 For all the strengths that you know and that resonate beyond. Sometimes you do need a little help no matter how magnificent you are and indeed those that were with him, that loved him, his family members sustain that. His nine children, and I will name them, Maryam, rasheda, Muhammad Jr., Hana, Laila, asaad, Miya, khaliah as well as thier mothers, and the third generation of grandchildren who accompany them. [ Applause ] 16;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife) To his only brother, to his extraordinary example of a best friend, Howard Bingham and to his sister-in-law Marilyn. For all the grief that I am depleted by and others are feeling by his transition, there is none comparable to yours and I know that. On this day and those to come, as you live your waking days with a life without him here presently, very different. 16;34;37 (shot of Ali's wife) Photos, memories, all the things that we have on him that keep him going. He touched you differently and that has to be honored and recognized, never forsaken. [ Applause ] Just know that when you are the descendent of and in the presence of someone whose life was filled with principle, that the seed is in you so that you have to cultivate that responsibly as well. [ Applause ] This moment is very meaningful for me to have been amongst those chosen and blessed by Muhammad himself and affirmed by his wife Lonnie to take part by sharing a prose and a statement during this homegoing ceremony. While he and I had a treasured relationship, the genesis of his love was through the love for my father. Muhammad Ali was the last of a fraternity of amazing men bequeathed to me directly by my dad. 16;35;57 Somewhere between me turning 18, 19 or 20, they all seemed to find me somehow guided by an oath of a promise to my dad long after him leaving this Earth to search for me, and they did. Each one remaining in my life until joining the rest of the heavens beloved summit of fearless humanitarians. This included Muhammad Ali whom my dad loved as a little brother, 16 years his junior and his entrusted friend. There was a double-take when I came upon him, a once childhood per child and now looking right into his face, and you know how he is. He gives you that little dare like, is that you? [ imitates ] From the very moment we found one another, it was as if no time has passed as all despite all of the presumptions of division, despite all of the efforts at separation, despite all of the organized distancing. We dove right into all of the unrequited yet stated and duly acknowledged spaces we could explore and uncover privately. 16;37;18 We cried out loud. His belt, his grief for having not spoken to my dad before he left and then just as loudly we'd laugh about the best of stories, and some that can't be repeated. He was really funny. What was significant as brothers for my father and Ali was their ability to discuss openly anything, all facets of life, namely, the true meaning, as men with great responsibilities be bestowed to them of how to make an equitable difference in the lives of others. A unifying topic was faith and ecumenical faith, respect for faith, all faiths, even if belonging to one specific religion or none, the root of such being the gift of faith itself so in his own words he wrote, "We all have the same God. We just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans, all have different names but they all contain water. So do religions have different names and yet they all contain truth. Truth expressed in different ways and forms and times. It doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew. When you believe in god, you should believe all people are part of one family. [ Applause ] 16;39;11 For if you love god, you can't love only some of his children. [ Applause ] His words and certainly ideals shared by both men, love is a mighty thing, devotion is a mighty thing and truth always reigns. Having Muhammad Ali in my life somehow sustained my dad's breath for me a little while longer. 51 years longer until now. (WEEPING) [Applause] I am forever grateful at our union on this Earth together allowed for me a continuum of shared understanding, preserved confidentialities and the comfort of living in his home town of Louisville Kentucky for the past six years. [ Applause ] 16;40;26 That was not a plan. And mostly for the gift of knowing and loving his wife and children forever forward as my own family, know that. As the last of the paternity reaches the heavens, my heart is rendered ever longingly for that tribe. The tribe of purpose, the tribe of significance, tribe of confidence, tribe of character, tribe of duty, tribe of faith, tribe of service. We must make sure that the principle of men and women, like Muhammad Ali and others, whom dedicated their very being to assure that you get to recognize your own glory, is sustained and passed on like that olympic torch. My dad would offer in state when concluding or parting from another, may we meet again in the light of understanding and I say to you with the light of that compass by any means necessary. 16;42;09 >> Ladies and gentlemen, representing the president of the United States and Mrs. Obama, miss Valerie Jarrett. [ Applause ] 16;42;24 >>Valerie Jarrett: Good afternoon. On behalf of president Obama and Mrs. Obama, I wish to express to you their deepest regret that they couldn't be with us here today as we celebrate the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali. I first met Muhammad Ali over 45 years ago through his friendship with my uncle Jean and he, my uncle, would be so touched that his son gene is a pallbearer here today. Thank you, Lonnie. Because of my family connection, the president and first lady asked me if I would read this tribute to you, penned by president Obama. 16;43;15 It was 1980, an epic career was in its twilight. Everybody knew it. Probably including the champ himself. Ali went into one of his final fights an underdog. All of the smart money was on the new champ, Larry Holmes. And in the end, the oddsmakers were right. A few hours later, at 4 A.M., after the loss, after the fans had gone home and the sports writers were writing their final take, a sports writer asked a restroom attendant if he had bet on the fight. The man, black and getting on in years, said he had put his money on Ali. 16;44;05 The writer asked why. Why, the man said? Why? Because he's Muhammad Ali. That's why. He said, mister, I'm 72 years old and I owe the man for giving me my dignity. [ Applause ] To Lonnie and the Ali family, president Clinton and an arena full of distinguished guests, you are amazing. The man we celebrate today is not just a boxer or a poet or an agitator or a man of peace, not just a Muslim or a black man or a Louisville kid. He wasn't even just the greatest of all time. He was Muhammad Ali.The whole far greater than the sum of its parts. He was bigger, brighter and more original and influential than just about anyone of his era. [ Applause ] 16;45;30 You couldn't have made him up and, yes, he was pretty, too. He had fans in every city, every village, every ghetto on the planet. He was fettered by foreign heads of state, the beatles, British invasion took a detour to come to him. It seemed sometimes that the champ was simply too big for America. But I actually think that the world flocked to him in wonder precisely because, as he once put it, Muhammad Ali was America! Brash, defiant, pioneering, joyful, never tired, always game to test the odds. He was our most basic freedoms, religion, speech, spirit. 16;46;31 He embodied our ability to invent ourselves. His life spoke to our original sin of slavery and discrimination and the journey he traveled helped to shock our consciousness and lead us on a roundabout path towards salvation. And like America, he was always very much a work in progress. We do him a disservice to gauze up his story to sand down his rough edges to talk only of floating like butterflies and stinging like bees. Ali was a radical even in a radical of times. A loud and proud and unabashedly black voice in a Jim crow world. [ Applause ] 16;47;24 His jabs knocked some sense into us, yes, they did. Pushing us to expand our imagination and bring others into our understanding. Now, there were times when he swung a bit wildly. That's right. Wound up and accidently may have wronged the wrong opponent as he was the first to admit. But through all his triumphs and failures, Ali seemed to have achieved the sort of enlightenment and inner peace that we are all striving towards. In the '60s when other young men his age were leaving the country to avoid war or jail, he was asked why he didn't join them. He got angry. He said he'd never leave. His people, in his words, are here, the millions struggling for freedom and justice and equality and I could do a lot of help in jail or not right here in America. [ Applause ] 16;48;34 He'd have everything stripped from him, his titles, his standing, his money, his passion. Very nearly his freedom. But Ali still chose America. I imagine he knew that only here in this country could he win it all back. So he chose to help perfect a union where a descendent of slaves can become the king of the world. And in the process, in the process, lend some dignity to all of us. Maids, porters, students and elderly bathroom attendant and help inspire a young, mixed kid with a funny name to have the audacity to believe he could be anything, even the president of the United States! [ Applause ] 16;49;35 (shot of Ali's wife) Muhammad Ali was America. Muhammad Ali will always be America. What a man. What a spirit. What a joyous mightyful champion. God bless the greatness of Ali. God bless his family. And god bless this nation we love. Thank you very much. 16;50;28 ANNOUNCER VOICE: Ladies and gentlemen, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] >> Ali! Ali! Ali! 16;51;05 LONNIE ALI >> Assalamu alaikum. Peace be upon you. You know, I said something to Matt Lauer yesterday that I firmly believe Muhammad had something to do with all of this and I think we are right. Thank you all for being here to share in this final farewell to Muhammad. On behalf of the Ali family, let me first recognize our principal celebrant Imam _____ and Dr. Timothy Gianotti. We thank you for your dedication to helping us fulfill Muhammad's desire that the ceremonies of this past week reflect the traditions of his islamic faith. And as a family, we thank the millions of people who, through the miracle of social media, inspired by their love of Muhammad have reached out to us with their prayers. The messages have come to us in every language from every corner of the globe. From wherever you are watching, know that we have been humbled by your heartfelt expressions of love. It is only fitting that we gather in a city to which Muhammad always returned after his great triumphs. A city that has grown as Muhammad has grown. [ Applause ] 16;52;37 Muhammad never stopped loving Louisville. And we know that Louisville loves Muhammad. [Applause] We cannot forget a Louisville police officer, Joe Espy(?) Martin, who embraced a young 12-year-old boy in distress when his bicycle was stolen. Joe Martin handed young Cassius Clay -- sorry for tripping up that last word -- Clay, to a future in boxing he could scarcely have imagined. America must never forget that when a cop and an inner city kid talk to each other, then miracles can happen. [ Applause ] 16;53;49 Some years ago during his long struggle with Parkinson's in a meeting that included his closest advisors, Muhammad indicated when the end came for him, he wanted us to use his life and his death as a teaching moment for young people for his country and for the world. In effect, he wanted us to remind people who are suffering that he had seen the face of injustice, that he grew up in a segregation and that during his early life, he was not free to be who he wanted to be. But he never became embittered enough to quit or engage in violence. It was a time when a young black boy his age could be hung from a tree in Mississippi in 1955 whose admitted killers went free. 16;54;50 It was time when Muhammad's friends, people he admired, like Brother Malcolm and Dr. King were gunned down, and Nelson Mandela imprisoned for what they believed in. [ Applause ] For his part, Muhammad faced federal prosecution. He was stripped of his title and his license to box and he was sentenced to prison. But he would not be intimidated so as to abandon his principles and his values. 4:55-Lonnie emotional, almost cries 16;55;29 Muhammad wants young people of every background to see his life as proof that adversity can make you stronger. It cannot rob you of the power to dream and to reach your dreams. We built the Muhammad Ali center and that's the center of the Ali message. [ Applause ] Muhammad wants us to see the face of his religion, true Islam, as the face of love. It was his religion that caused him to turn away from war and violence, for his religion he was prepared to sacrifice all that he had and all that he was to protect his soul and follow the teachings of prophet Muhammad peace be upon you. 16;56;25 So even in death, Muhammad has something to say. He's saying that his faith required that he take the more difficult road. It is far more difficult to sacrifice oneself in the name of peace than to take up arms in pursuit of violence. [ Applause ] You know, all of his life, Muhammad was fascinated by travel. He was child-like in his encounter with new surroundings and new people. He took his world championship fights to the ends of the Earth, from the south pacific to Europe to the Congo. And, of course, with Muhammad, he believed it was his duty to let everyone see him in person because, after all, he was the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The boy from grand avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, grew in wisdom and discovered something new, that the world really wasn't black and white at all. It was filled with many shades of rich colors, languages and religions. As he moved with ease around the world, the rich and powerful were drawn to him but he was drawn to the poor and the forgotten. [ Applause ] 16;57;53 Muhammad fell in love with the masses and they fell in love with him. In the diversity of men and their faiths, Muhammad saw the presence of god. He was captivated by the work of the dalai lama, by mother Teresa and church workers who gave their lives to protect the poor. When his mother died, he arranged for multiple faiths to be represented at her funeral and he wanted the same for himself. We are especially grateful for the presence of the diverse faith leaders here today. And I would like to ask them to stand once more and be recognized. [ Applause ] 16;58;35 Thank you. Thank you very much. You know, as I reflect on the life of my husband, it's easy to see his most obvious talents. His majesty in the ring as he danced under those lights, enshrined him as a champion for the ages. Less obvious was his extraordinary sense of timing. His knack for being in the right place at the right time seemed to be ordained by a higher power. Even those surrounded by Jim Crow, he was born into a family with two parents that nurtured and encouraged him. He was placed on the path of his dreams by a white cop and he had teachers who understood his dreams and wanted him to succeed. The olympic gold medal came and the world started to take notice. A group of successful businessmen in Louisville called the Louisville Sponsoring Group saw his potential, and helped him build a runway to launch his career. His timing was impeccable as he burst into the national stage just as television was hungry for a star to change the faith of sports. 17;00;02 You know, if Muhammad didn't like the rules, he rewrote them. His religion, his name, his beliefs were his to fashion, no matter what the cost. The timing of his actions coincided with a broader shift in cultural attitudes across America, particularly on college campuses. When he challenged the U.S. Government on the draft, his chance of success was slim to none. That the timing of his decision converged with a rising tide of discontent on the war. Public opinion shifted in his direction followed by a unanimous supreme court ruling in a stunning reversal of fortunes. He was free to return to the ring. When he traveled to central Africa to reclaim his title from George Foreman, none of the sports writers thought he could win. In fact, most of them feared for his life. But in what the Africans call the miracle at 4:00 A.M., he became a champion once more. [ Applause ] And as the years passed and those slowed by Parkinson's, Muhammad was compelled by his faith to use his name and his notoriety to support the victims of poverty and strife. He served as a UN messenger of peace and traveled to places like war-torn Afghanistan, he campaigned as an advocate for reducing the debt of third world debt. 17;01;42 He stunned the world when he secured the release of 15 hostages from Iraq. [ applause ] As his voice grew softer, his message took on greater meeting. He came full circle with the people of his country. When he lit a torch that seemed to create new light in the 1996 Olympics. [ Applause ] Muhammad always knew instinctively the road he needed to travel. His friends know what I mean when I say he lived in the moment. He neither dwelled in the past nor harbored anxiety about the future. Muhammad loved to laugh and he loved to play practical jokes on just about everybody. He was sure-footed in his self-awareness, secure in his faith and he did not fear death. Yet, his timing is once again poignant. His passing and his meaning for our time should not be overlooked. As we face uncertainty in a world and divisions at home, as to who we are as a people, Muhammad's life provides useful guidance. 17;02;58 Muhammad was not one to give up on the power of understanding, the boundless possibilities of love and the strength of our diversity. He counted among his friends people of all political persuasions, saw truth in all faith and the nobility of all races as witnessed here today. Muhammad may have challenged his government but he never ran from it or from America. [ Applause ] He loved this country and he understood the hard choices that are born of freedom. I think he saw a nation's soul measured by the soul of its people. For his part, he saw the good soul in everyone and if you were one of the lucky ones to have met him, you know what I meant. He awoke every morning thinking about his own salvation and he would often say, I just want to get to heaven and I've got to do a lot of good deeds to get there. And I think Muhammad's hope is that his life provides some guidance on how we might achieve for all people what we aspire for ourselves and our families. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;04;38 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, Maryam Ali. 17;04;50 MARYAM ALI >> Peace be with you, everyone here, and on behalf of the Ali family, I just want to say thank you to Louisville, Kentucky, all the love you've shown us in our lives has been unbelievable. Also, I want to thank the entire globe. My father was loved all over. The processional today was overwhelming but it was so beautiful. I just want to say we love you just like you love us. Thank you very much. [ Applause ] 17;05;23 As you know, my father loved poetry. He was always rhyming and promoting his fights and he had poems of the heart, spiritual poems and poems to promote and I just wrote a piece for him, in honor of him on behalf of my sisters and brothers and everyone who loved my father. It's called "Thank you our dear father." My heart was sore when your sick spirit soared. Your physical body is no more but my mind tells different tales of all that you taught me, your family and the masses. 17;06;02 Most importantly, the belief in god who created humanity to thrive in quality. You fought for a purpose to uphold the principle that we as a people have divine human rights. Staring right into the eyes of oppression, you proclaim your beautiful complexion. Your god-given skills, your independent will and the freedom of your faith. As your daughter, I am grateful for all of our conversations about men, women and relationships. Guiding me to first have a loving relationship with self, refusing anyone to chip away at my esteem and expect the respect of a queen. [ Applause ] Thank you, our dear father, for asking us to think about our purpose and showing us the beauty of service to others. We marvel that your sincere love for people as you treated all who approached you with dignity. Whether they were rich or poor, your kindness was unconditional. Never perceiving anyone as beneath you. 17;07;25 So many have shared personal stories about what you have meant to them as you have exemplified values and qualities that have enhanced their lives. If I had every dollar for every story, I could pay for the sky. Your family is so proud of the legacy you left behind. But I hope that the history of you can help turn the tide of self-hate and violence, because we are overwhelmed with moments of silence for tragic deaths. Here on the soil, American soil, in the Middle East or anywhere else in this world, we crave for peace. That peace that you rest in now. We will forever cherish the 74 years you graced this Earth. You will be greatly missed. But now we send you off in celebration, a blown kiss and prayers. As you enter your final round. God's last boxing bell will sound in heaven. I love you, we all love you. Thank you very much. 17;09;02 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Rasheda Ali Walsh. 17;09;20 RASHEDA ALI >> I'm, we are so honored that you have packed this room with your love. Thank you all. Thank you so much for being here today. To celebrate our father. You are the greatest father to us. And it was God's will to take you home. Your family will try our best to make you proud, and carry on your legacy of giving and love. You have inspired us in the world to be the best version of ourselves. May you live in paradise, free from suffering. You shook up the world in life. Now you're shaking up the world in death. 17;10;23 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) Daddy is looking at us now, right and saying, I told you I was the greatest! No one compares to you, daddy. You once said I know where I'm going. And I know the truth. And I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be who I am. Now you are free to be with your creator. We love you so much, daddy. Until we meet again, fly, butterfly, fly. [ Applause ] 17;11;45 ALI DINICOLA Hello. My name is Ali DiNicola. I was born on Muhammad Ali's birthday, I was named after him. He used to call me the little greatest. We can all learn from Muhammad's example of kindness and understanding. When Muhammad was asked how he would like to be remembered, he said I like to, I like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness, he took one court of laughter, one pinch of concern and then he mixed willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith and he stirred it up well. He spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met. Thank you. 17;12;56 ANNOUNCER>>> Ladies and gentlemen, Natasha boncouer. Natasha boncouer: Before I begin, I would just like to say that I'm truly humbled and honored to be here. And I would like to thank the Muhammad Ali center and the Ali family for giving me the opportunity to speak. And to echo the voice that Muhammad has given me. So let me tell you a story about a man. A man who refused to believe that reality was limitation to achieve the impossible. A man who once reached up through the pages of a textbook and touched the heart of an 8-year-old girl. Whose reflection of herself mirrored those who cannot see past the color of her skin. But instead of drawing on that pain from the distorted reality, she found strength. Just as this man did when he stood tall in the face of pelting rain and shouted -- I am the disturbance in the sea of your complacency. And I will never stop shaking your waves. 17;14;30 And his voice echoed through hers. Through mine. And she picked up the rocks that were thrown at her and she threw them back with a voice so powerful that it turned all the pain that she had faced in her life into strength. And tenacity. And now that 8-year-old girl stands before you, to tell you that Ali's cry still shakes these waves today. 17;15;11 (shot of Ali's wife) That we are to find strength in our identities. Whether we are black or white or Asian or hispanic. Lgbt, disabled or able-bodied. Muslim, jewish, hindu or Christian. His cry represents those who have not been heard, and invalidates the idea that we are to be confirmed to one normative standard. That is what it means to defeat the impossible. Because impossible is not a fact, impossible is an opinion. Impossible is nothing! [ Applause ] 17;16;15 When I look into this crowd I smile. I smile to recognize that he is not really gone. He lives in you and he lives in me. And he lives in every person that he has touched in every corner of this world. (shot of Ali's wife) Reality was never a limitation for Ali. For us, just as every punch his opponents threw, impossible is never enough to knock us down. Because we are Ali. We are greater than the rocks or the punches that we throw at each other. We have the ability to empower and inspire and to connect and to unify and that will live on forever. So let me tell you a story about a man. His name is Muhammed Ali. He is the greatest of all time. He is from Louisville, Kentucky and he lives in each and every one of us. (shot of Ali's wife) And his story is far from over. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife applauding) 17;18;26 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, John Ramsey. 17;18;35 John Ramsey First of all, on behalf of my fellow Louisvillians to the Ali family, we offer our condolences our heartfelt prayers and for Lonnie Ali a very special prayer. We know that Muhammad was blessed with many gifts but none more precious than Lonnie Ali and we thank you so much. (shot of Ali's wife) You know, I've got to tell you, Louisville, when I was in the procession today and saw the tens and thousands of people and all of the warmth and the love and the respect that was shown for Muhammad, I've got to tell you, my heart swelled with pride. I know he was watching from above and I know he absolutely loved it. He-- I don't think he'd be surprised. I think Muhammad would say, Louisville, Kentucky, the greatest city of all times. I'm feeling good. Man. I tell you what, how can we lose with the stuff we use? [ laughter] I'm feeling so good, I think I'm going to make a comeback and change my name back to Walnut street. That's how good I feel. [ laughter ] 17;19;46 You know, for me, I always felt connected to Muhammad even before I had met him. You know, maybe it was the fact that I was a Louisville boy. Maybe it's the fact that I loved the Louisville Cardinals, like Muhammad. You know, but as our relationship evolved, I found that a lot of people felt this personal connection with Muhammad. And that's part of the Ali magic. You know, initially, for a lot of men my age and certainly myself, it was the athlete that I was attracted to. I mean, that kind of size, that kind of speed, agility, that grace not only made him the heavyweight champion of the world three times but it made him "Sports illustrated" sportsman of the century, the A.P. Athlete of the century and certainly made him the athlete -- a once in a lifetime athlete. But I would argue that the combination of compassion, kindness, love and the ability to lift us up made him a once in a lifetime person. [ Applause ] 17;20;55 You know, Muhammad was blessed with many gifts, as I said, and he was a wise and faithful steward of those gifts. There's many stories about Muhammad but there is a couple that really to me encapsulate what he was all about. I remember back in 2000, I made a trip to the summer olympics with Muhammad and one day he decided we were going to go see a boxing match and I remember we're ringside, the American wins, 15,000 people are chanting, usa, usa! And I thought, this is my olympic moment. You know, I was filled with patriotic pride. The boxer came down from the ring, he took the obligatory picture with Muhammad, the fist to chin shot, hundreds of photographers from around the world were taking pictures, you know, thousands of people cheering for Muhammad and this victorious fighter. 17;21;47 And then Muhammad leaned down to me whispered in my ear, he said, I want to see the loser. I say, excuse me? I want to see the loser. So, I motioned over to an Olympic official and I said, you know Muhammad wants to see the loser. Can we go to the losing locker room? And we get to the losing locker room and there's not tens of thousands of people, there's not any photographers. There's just a kid in the corner on a stool, he's got a towel around his neck, he's got a bloody mouth under his eye. This has got to be the lowest point of his athletic career at the very least. He felt like he let down his country. He is defeated. And the vibe in that room was literally the lowest of low. But then when Muhammad walks in, this kid recognizes him instantly and in broken English he says Muhammad Ali and Muhammad started dancing he said show me what you've got man, show me, and Mohammad starts throwing out jabs and this kid starts ducking and smiling. Muhammad grabs him in a bear hug. He said, I saw what you did out there, man, you look good. You are moving good, you can be a champion, man. Don't give up. And I remember, it warmed my heart how he took this kid from here to here in an instant. 17;22;58 And -- [ applause ] And I remember, I got in the car and I said to Muhammad, I said, Mohammad try to be a nice guy but I've got to tell you, I was caught up in the moment. I didn't give that losing fighter a second thought. I said mohammad you're the greatest. Muhammad said, tell me something I don't already know. [ laughter ] He -- and -- but what I don't want people to forget, no doubt, to me he's the finest example of a human that I've ever seen. The finest example of a great human being that I've ever seen of the kindness that a human possesses. That was Muhammad Ali, but don't forget about this, man. Muhammad was the coolest cat in the room. I mean, he was good looking, he had charm, he had charisma, he had swagger before he knew that swagger was. I mean, I remember, I went to -- when -- was about 25 years ago, he came to town to visit his mother and he wanted to go to outback steakhouse. I has a friend there, was big Mohammad fan, so we came in and at the time here in Louisville, there was a fireman's convention and all of these guys had their engine numbers on their shirt and sure enough I had seen this thing a million times. Man, these guys line up for an autograph. I said, to Muhammad, I said Muhammad, if you'd like, I'll play the bad guy. You know I tell them to let you eat, and you can sign autographs later. 17;24;25 Muhammad would have none of it. He said, no, I'll sign between bites. He's taking bites of his food and he's signing. This one guy walks up, and you could tell he was a big fan. I mean he knew Muhammad. He was scared to death, he-- all of his adrenaline, he said Champ, he said I saw the stand you made, in the civil rights movement, I saw your stand against the Vietnam war. He said, I've got to tell you, champ, you're my hero. He said, I've got a picture of you at my firehouse. You are my hero. Muhammad instantly he wanted to change the channel. So he said to the guy, he said, you know, you're the real hero jumping in fire, saving lives, saving babies, putting your life on the line, he said, man, you are the real hero. And the fireman responds real quickly. I mean he knew all of the nicknames, he said, man, but you, you fought the bear, sonny Liston. He said, You fought the rabbit, patterson, you fought big George Foreman, you fought smokin Joe Frazier. 17;25;15 And Muhammad interrupted real quick and he goes, yeah, but Joe wasn't really smoking. [ laughter ] And I said, Muhammad that's a good line. He goes, you're right. Write that down. But it wasn't all about signing autographs and kissing babies. If there was a village that needed food in a third-world country, Muhammad was on the plane, will travel with check. If there was a conflict and he could be part of a resolution, again, Muhammad will travel. As Lonnie had mentioned, if there were hostages to be released, Muhammad was a man of action. One of my favorite quotes and I think it's right here in your program, Muhammad said service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth and I just want to say, champ, your rent is paid in full. Your rent is paid in full. [ Applause ] Your rent is paid in full! 17;26;15 (shot of Ali's wife standing up clapping) And you know, in fact, I think he's paid it forward. Because he has taught us to love rather than to hate. To look for commonalities rather than differences. So therefore I think he's really paid it forward for all of us. So, as we all know now, you know, the fight is over but I'm here to tell you, the decision is in and it is unanimous, because of Muhammad Ali, we all win. The world wins. Thank you so much, Muhammad. It is time for a man of peace to rest in peace. And thank you so very much. 17;27;30 BILLY CRYSTAL >> Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We're at the halfway point. I was clean shaven when this started. Dear Lonnie, family, friends, Mr. President, members of the clergy, all of these amazing people here in Louisville, today this outpouring of love and respect proves that 35 years after he stopped fighting, he is still the champion of the world. [ Applause ] Last week, when we heard the news, time stopped. There was no war, there were no terrorists, no global catastrophes. The world stopped, took a deep breath and sighed. Since then, my mind has been racing through my relationship with this amazing man, which is now 42 years that I've known him. Every moment I can think of is cherished. While others can tell you of his accomplishments, he wanted me to speak and tell you of some personal moments we had together. 17;28;52 I met him in 1974. I was just getting started as a stand-up comedian and struggling. But I had one good routine. It was a three-minute conversation between Howard and Muhammad where I would imitate both of them. Muhammad had just defeated George foreman and sports magazine made him the man of the year. A great man, editor for "Sport," was going to host this televised dinner honoring Muhammad. So dick called my agent looking for a comedian who did some sports material. As fate would have it, that comedian was not available and she wisely said -- it's destiny, man. And she wisely said, but listen, I've got this young kid and he does this great imitation and I don't know why, but dick said, okay, I'll try him. I couldn't believe it. My first time on television and it would be with Ali. I ran to the plaza hotel, the event was packed. He said, how should I introduce you? No one knows who you are. And I said, just say I'm one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. And my thought was, I'll get right to the microphone, go into my how word cosell and I'll be fine and I move into the jam ballroom and that's when I saw him for the first time in person. It's very hard to describe how much he meant to me. You had to live in his time. It's great to look at clips and it's amazing that we have them but to live in his time, watching his fights, his experience of the genius of his talent was absolutely extraordinary. Every one of his fights was the aura of a super bowl. He predicted the round that he would knock somebody out and then he would do it. He was funny. He was beautiful. 17;30;57 He was the most perfect athlete you ever saw and those were his own words. But he was so much more than a fighter as time went on, with Bobby Kennedy gone, martin Luther king gone, Malcolm X gone, who was there to relate to when Vietnam exploded in our face? There were millions of young men my age, eligible for the draft for a war that we didn't believe in. And all of us huddled on the conveyor belt that was rapidly feeding the was machine. But it was Ali who stood up for us by standing up for himself. And after he was stripped of the title-- after he was stripped of the title and the right to fight anywhere in the world, he gave speeches at colleges and on television that totally reached me. He seemed as comfortable talking to kings and queens as the lost and unrequited. 17;31;49 He never lost his sense of humor even as he lost everything else, he was always himself, willing to give up everything for what he believed in. And his passionate rhetoric about the life and plight of black people in our country resonated strongly in my house. I grew up in a house that was dedicated to civil rights. My father was a producer of jazz concerts in New York City and was one of the first to integrate bands in the 40s and 50s. Jazz musicians referred to my dad as the branch rickey of Jazz concerts. My uncle and my family, jewish people, produced strange fruit, billie holiday's classic song describing the lynching of African-Americans in this country. And so I felt him, and now there he was just a few feet from me. I couldn't stop looking at him and he seemed to like glow and he was like in slow motion, his amazing face smiling and laughing. 17;32;41 I was seated a few seats from him on the day I said, and in the room all of these athletes in their individual sports, great ones, Gino Marchetti, of the Baltimore Cults, Franco Harries of the Steelers, Archie Griffith who won the Heisman from Ohio state, literally legends, Neil Simon, george plimton, all in a day fawning over Ali who then looked at me [laughter] with an expression that seemed to say what is Joe gray doing here? Mr. Schapp introduced me as one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. Two people clapped. My wife and the agent. I rose, Ali is still staring at me, I passed right behind him, got to the podium, went right into Cocell, hello, everyone, Howard Cocell coming to you live from Zaire. Some people would pronounce it Zaire. They are wrong. It got big laughs and then I went into the Ali. 17;33;49 Everybody's talking about George Foreman, talking about George foreman, george Forman is ugly, he's just so slow. George was slow. I kind of-- and then I got-- and I'm still faster at 33 years of age. I'm so fast I can turn the lights be in my bed before the room gets dark. [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife) I'm announcing tonight that I've got new religious beliefs. From now on I want to be known as Ezzie escowitz (?) I am now an orthodox Jew Izzie Escowitz (?) and I am the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The audience exploded. See, no one had ever done him before and here he was a white kid from Long Island imitating the greatest of all time and he was loving it. When I was done, he gave me this big bear hug and he whispered in my ear, you're my little brother. 17;34;46 Which is what he always called me until the last time that I saw him. We were always there for each other. If he needed me for something, I was there.He came for anything I asked him to do. Most memorable, he was an honorary chairman for a dinner and a very important event where I was being honored by the hebrew university in Jerusalem. He did all of this promotion for it. He came to the dinner. He sat with my family the entire evening. He took photographs with everybody. The most famous Muslim man in the world honoring his jewish friend. And -- [ applause ] 17;35;26 Because he was there, because he was there, we raised a great deal of money and I was able to use it to endow the university in Jerusalem with something that I told to him about and it was something that he loved the theory of. And it thrives to this day. It's called peace through the performing arts. It's a theater group where Israeli, Arab and Palestinian actors, writers and directors all work together in peace creating original works of art. [ Applause ] And that doesn't happen without him. I had so many -- so many funny and unusual moments with him. I sat next to him at Howard Cosell's funeral, a very somber day to be sure. Closed casket was on the stage, Muhammad and I were sitting somewhere over there next to each other. And he quietly whispered to me, little brother, do you think he's wearing his hairpiece? [ Laughter ] 17;36;30 So I said, I don't think so. Well, then how will god recognize him? [ Laughter ] So I said, champ, once he opens his mouth, God will know. So we started laughing. It was a muffled laugh at first but then we couldn't contain ourselves. There we were, at a funeral, me with Muhammad Ali laughing like two little kids who heard something dirty in church, you know, we were just laughing and laughing. And then he looked at me and he said, Howard was a good man. One time he asked me if I would like to run with him one morning. Do road work with him. I said, that would be amazing. I said, where do you run? He said, I run at this country club and I run on the golf course early in the morning, it's very private, nobody bothers me. We'll have a great time. I said, champ, I can't run there. The club has a reputation for being restricted. What does restricted mean? They don't allow Jews there. They don't have any jewish members. He was incensed. 17;37;38 I'm a black Muslim and they let me run there. Little brother, I'm never going to run there again. And he didn't. [ Applause ] My favorite memory was 1979. He had just retired and there was a retirement party at the forum in los Angeles for Muhammad and 20,000 of his closest friends in los Angeles. I performed a piece that I had created, the imitation had grown into a life story. It's called 15 rounds. And I'd play them from the age of 18 until he's 36 ready for the rematch with Leon Spinks. I posted it on the internet last week, footage that nobody had ever seen before, of me portraying Ali doing his life for him all those years ago in 1979. There were 20,000 people there. But I was doing it only for him. That's one of my favorite performances that I have ever done in my life. I sort of got lost in him. I didn't even know where I was at the end of the performance. And suddenly I'm backstage with another heavyweight champion, Richard Pryor and Pryor 's holding on to me crying and then I see Ali coming and he's got a full head of steam, he is looking only at me, nudged Mr. Pryor aside and he whispered in my ear with a big bear hug, little brother, you made my life better than it was. 17;39;10 But didn't he make all of our lives a little bit better than they were? [ Applause ] That -- that, my friends, is my history with the man that I've labored to come up with a way to describe the legend. He was a tremendous bolt of lightning created by mother nature out of thin air, a fantastic combination of power and beauty. We've seen still photographs of lightning bolts at the moment of impact, ferocious in his strength and magnificent in his elegance. And at the moment of impact it lights up everything around it. So you can see everything clearly. Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America's darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm, his power toppled the mightiest of foes and its intense light shone on America and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self-realization, courage, laughter, love, joy, religious freedom for all. 17;40;18 Ali forced us to take a look at ourselves. This young man who thrilled us, angered us, confused and challenged us ultimately became a silent messenger of peace who taught us that life is best when you build bridges between people, not walls. [Applause] (shot of Ali's wife) 17;40;50 My friends, only once in a thousand years or so do we get to hear a mozart or see a Picasso, read a Shakespeare. Ali was one of them and yet at his heart he was still a kid from Louisville who ran with the gods and walked with the crippled and smiled at the foolishness of it all. He is gone but he will never die. He was my big brother. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;41;47 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Bryant Gumbel. 17;41;58 BRYANT GUMBEL >> The great Maya Angelou who was herself no stranger to fame wrote that ultimately people forget what you said and people will forget what you did but that no one will ever forget how you made them feel. That's applied to Muhammad Ali, the march of time may one day diminish his boast and his poetry, maybe even his butterflies and bees. It may even one day dull the memories of the thrilla in Manila and the rumble in the jungle. But I doubt any of us will ever forget how Muhammad Ali made us feel. I'm not talking about how proud he made you feel with his exploits or how special he made you feel when you were privileged enough to be in his company.I'm talking about how he ripped our hearts and our souls and our conscience and made our fights his fights for decades. People like me, who were once young, semi-gifted and black will never forget what he freed within us. Some of us like him took pride in being black, bold and brash. And because we were so unapologetic, we were in the eyes of many, way too uppity. We were way too arrogant. Yet we reveled in being like him. By stretching society's boundaries as he did, he gave us levels of strength and courage we didn't even know we had. But Ali's impact was not limited to those of a certain race or of a certain religion or of a certain mindset. The greatness of this man for the ages was that he was, in fact, a man for all ages. Has any man ever a greater arc to his life? What does it say of a man, any man that he can go from being viewed as one of his country's most polarizing figures to arguably his most beloved. [ Applause ] And to do so without changing his nature or, for a second, compromising his principles. Yeah, you know, there were great pauses and national movements and huge divisions that afforded Ali unusual opportunities to symbolize our struggles. But Harry Truman had it right when he said men make history and not the other way around. Or as Lauren hill so nicely put it, consequence is no coincidence. Befitting his stature as the goat, Muhammad Ali never shied away from a fight. He fought not just the biggest and baddest men of his day inside the ropes but outside the ring he also went toe to toe with critics, outside of societal norms, the U.S. Government. He even fought ultimately to his detriment the limitations of father time. Strictly speaking, fighting is what he did. But he broadened that definition by sharing his struggles with us and by viewing our struggles as his. And so it was that at various times he accepted and led battles on behalf of his race in support of his generation, in defense of his religious beliefs and ultimately in spite of his disease. I happen to have been overseas working in Norway this past week. My buddy Matt called. Told me the champ had been taken to the hospital. This time it was really serious. Right away I called Lonnie who was, as always, a pillar of strength. And as we discussed the medical details, the doctors' views and the ugly realities of mortality, Lonnie said, Bryant, the world still needs him and indeed it does. The world needs a champion who always worked to bridge the economic and social divides that threaten the nation that he dearly loved. The world needs a champion that always symbolized the best of Islam to offset the hatred born of fear. And the world needs a champion who believed in fairness and inclusion for all. Hating people because of their color is wrong, Ali said, and it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong. [ Applause ] Yeah, we do need Muhammad Ali now. We needed strength and the hope, the compassion, the conviction that he always demonstrated. But this time, our beloved champion is down. And for once he will not get up. Not this time. Not ever again. Let me close with a quick personal story. 50 years ago, Muhammad Ali defeated George devalo in Toronto, Canada. The very next day, he showed up in my neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As Ali got out of the car in the driveway at the home, I happened to be next door shooting hoops in a friend's backyard. I, of course, quickly ran to the fence and for the first time in I was 17. I was awe struck. And man, I thought he was the greatest. Now a half century and a lifetime of experiences later, I am still awe struck and I am convinced more than ever that Muhammad Ali is the greatest. [ Applause ] To be standing here by virtue of his and Lonnie's request, is an honor. To be here today as he goes to his grave is a moment I will take to mine. God bless you, champ. [ Applause ] >> Ladies and gentlemen, the 42nd president of the united States, the honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 558P WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 17;51;17 BILL CLINTON >> Thank you. I can just hear Muhammad saying now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. 17;51;51 I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second half of his life greater than the first. Thank you for the Muhammad Ali center and what it has come to represent to so many people. Here's what I'd like to say. I spent a lot of time now as I get older and older and older trying to figure out what makes people tick, how do they turn out the way they are, how do some people refuse to become victims and rise from every defeat. We've all seen the beautiful pictures of the home of Muhammad Ali and people visiting and driving by. I think you decided something I hope every young person here will decide. I think he decided very young to write his own life story. 17;53;39 I think he decided before he could possibly have worked it all out and before fate and time could work their will on him, he decided that he would not be ever disempowered. He decided not his race or his place or expectations of others, positive, negative or otherwise would stop him from writing his own story. He decided first to use these stunning gifts. His strength and speed in the ring, his wit and way with words, and managing the public, and finding out at a fairly young age who he was, what he believed, and how to live with the consequences of acting on what he believed. 17;54;50 A lot of people make it to steps one and two and still just can't quite manage living with the consequences of what he believed. For the longest time in spite of all the wonderful things that have been said here, I remember thinking when I was a kid this guy is so smart and he never got credit for being as smart as he was. And then I don't think he ever got the credit for being, until later, as wise as he was. In the end besides being a lot of fun to be around and basically universal soldier for our common humanity, I will always think of Muhammad as a truly free man of faith. 17;55;50 And being a man of faith he realized he would never be in full control of his life. Something like Parkinson's could come along. But being free, he realized that life still was open to choices. It is choices that Muhammad Ali made that brought us all here today in honor and love. And the only other thing I would like to say, the first part of his life was dominated by the triumph of his truly unique gifts. We should never forget them, we should never stop looking at the movies. Thank Will Smith for making his movie. We should all be thrilled. It was a thing of beauty. But the second part of his life was more important because he refused to be imprisoned by a disease that kept him hamstrung longer than Mandela was kept in prison in South Africa. 17;57;20 That is in the second half of his life, he perfected gifts that we all have, every single solitary one of us have gifts of mind and heart. It is just that he found a way to release them in ways large and small. I asked Lonnie the time when they were still living in Michigan and I gave a speech in southwest Michigan to an economic club there, and sort of a ritual when a president leaves office, and you know, you had to get reacclimated, nobody plays a song when you walk in a room any more, you don't really know what you're supposed to do, and this club, the economic club, they're used to acting like you deserve to be listened to, they have to be reacclimated. So they came to me to this dinner and he sat with me at this dinner. 17;58;26 And he knew, somehow he knew that I was a little off my feet that night. I was trying to imagine how to make this new life and so he told me a really bad joke. And he told it so well and he laughed so hard that I totally got on board and had a great time. He had that feel about, you know, there's no textbook for that, knowing where somebody else is in their head, picking up the body language. Then Lonnie and Muhammad got me to come here when we had the dedication of the Muhammad Ali center, and I was trying to be incredibly gray haired elder states man, dignified, I have to elevate this guy, I am saying all this stuff in high tone, language, and Muhammad sneaks up behind me, puts his fingers up. (shot of wife laughing) 17;58;35 Finally after all the years we had been friends, my endearing image of him is like three shots. The boxer, the man I watched take the last steps to light the olympic flame when I was president, and I'll never forget it, I was sitting there in Atlanta, we knew each other, by then I felt I had some sense of what he was living with, and I was still weeping like a baby, seeing his hands shake, his legs shake, and knowing by god he was going to make those last few steps no matter what it took, the flame would be lit, the fight would be won. I knew it would happen. [ Applause ] 5532 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE FIBER PATH POOL P2 18;00;49 And then this. The children whose lives he touched, the young people he inspired. That's the most important thing of all. So ask you to remember that. We all have an Ali story. It's the gift we all have that should be most honored today because he released them to the world. Never wasting a day the rest of us could see feeling sorry he had Parkinson's, knowing more than three decades of his life would be circumscribed in ways that would be chilling to the naked eye. 18;01;43 But with the free spirit it made his life bigger, not smaller. Because other people, all of us unlettered, unschooled said would you look at that. Look at that. May not be able to run across the ring any more, may not be able to dodge everybody, exhaust everybody any more, and he's bigger than ever because he is a free man of faith sharing the gifts we all have. We should honor him by letting our gifts go among the world as he did. God bless you, my friend, go in peace.
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CBS POOL FTG MUHAMMAD ALI MEMORIAL SERVICEH/T JAKE INGRASSIA, PAOLA CONTARDO AND SUNNY CHOO WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 15;10:47 Bill Clinton walks in 15;11;45 -- service starts 15;11;49 >> All praises due to the lord god of the world. Now please be seated, ladies and gentlemen. In accordance with Muslim tradition, and consistent with the wishes of Muhammad Ali, may god have mercy on him. We begin this program with a brief recitation from the Koran, the scripture of the muslims. A young Imam of the midtown mosque in Memphis, Tennessee, where he's spearheading a neighborhood renewal effort in one of the most blighted neighborhood in Memphis and that effort is centered around the mosque, one of the few African-American graduates of the university. He will share with us a few verses from the Koran. 15;12;50 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Hamza Abdul Malik. [ Applause ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;13;12 [ Speaking foreign language ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;17;10 (shot of Ali's wife) >> Now with the translation of those verses we would like to bring to the stage the second generation daughter of Syrian immigrants. She's an excellent student. In her spare time, in recent years, she raises money to provide medical supplies, surgical instruments and other forms of medical assistance for Syrian refugees fleeing from the horror of the current conflict in that land and we pray that almighty god brings it to a succession soon. 15;18;00 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Ia Kutma. [ Applause ] 15;18;14 >> In the name of god, the most gracious, the most merciful, truly those who say our lord is god and our upright the angels will descend upon them saying, have neither fear nor sadness, but rather, rejoice in this paradise that you have been promised. We are your allies in this lower life in the hereafter. Where you will have your heart's desire and you will have whatever you ask for. Hospitably from the one most forgiving, most merciful. Who is more beautiful in speech than the one who invites to god and does righteous works saying, truly, I am submitted to god? For good and evil are not equal. 15;19;13 Repel ugliness with beauty and behold the one between you and whom there was enmity is transformed into a warm friend. But no one arrives at the station without great patience and immense fortune. Through prostration, chapter 41 verses 30 to 35. Thank you. [Applause] 15;19;45 (shot of Ali's daughter) >> I forgot to mention that she is a louisvillean, a proud resident of this city. [Applause] 15:20 15;20;05 >> Oh, god, miss this day of ours, you are our protector. What an excellent protector, an excellent helper. Honorable president Bill William J. Clinton, distinguished guests, viewing audience, on behalf of the Ali family, and the city of Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the people's champ. [Applause] 15;20;50 >> Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. [Chanting] Ali, Ali. 15;21;00 >> We're dealing with time here, folks. Louisville, Kentucky, admirably led by mayor Greg fisher, I would like to welcome you. Give it up for the mayor. [Applause] >> I would like to welcome you to this memorial service for the people's champ, Muhammad Ali. And this time, we would like to introduce our first speaker. Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby. [Applause] 15;21;50 >> Were it not for time, since Cosby rhymes with Ali, we would we would say, Cosby, Cosby, but time doesn't permit. Reverend Cosby is senior pastor of St. Steven church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due greatly to his dynamic bible teachings his congregation has grown over the long years of his ministry. Reverend Cosby combines passion, wit, and intellect as the foundation of the inspirational ministry that is transformed the lives of thousands of individuals. Reverend Cosby. [Applause] 15;22;39 >> Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby: Thank you. I looked into the dictionary for the word, fidelity. And it had two words. Lonnie Ali. [Applause] 15;22;57 >> In 1967, nine months prior to his assassination and martyrdom, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. Was interviewed by merv griffin on "The merv griffin show". Merv griffin asked Dr. King a relevant question. He said, Dr. King, what has been the greatest affect and impact that the civil rights struggle has had on the Negro? Dr. King paused and said, besides the dismantling of barriers that prohibited the Negro from free access, the greatest and most profound effect that the civil rights struggle had was that it infused in the Negro something that the anything Negro needed all along. 15:24:07 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;24;00 And that was a sense of somebodiness. You will never be able to appreciate what Dr. King meant when he said, the negro needed a sense of somebodiness until you understand the 350 years of nobodiness that was infused into the psyche of people of color. Every sacred document in our history, every hallowed institution, conspired to convince the African in America that when god made the African, that god was guilty of creative malfeasance. 15;24;55 All of the documents from the constitution said to the Negro, that you're nobody. The constitution said that we were three-fifths of a person. Decisions by the supreme court, like the dred Scott decision, said to the Negro, to the African, you had no rights that whites were bound to respect. And even Francis Scott key, in his writing of "The star spangled banner" we sang, verse one, but in verse three he celebrates slavery by saying, no refuge can save the harrowing enslaved from the sorrow of night or the death of the grave. Every institution from religion to entertainment, from Amos and Andy to Jane and tarzan, infused in the psyche of the Negro, that he was inferior. 15;26;06 But something happened to the depression generation and the World War II generation of African-Americans. Jackie Robinson picked up his bat and hit a ball and the Brooklyn dodgers win the pennant. Joe Louis dismantles the pride of Aryan supremacy by knocking out max melling in 124 seconds. Jesse Lewis runs at ambulatory speed and wins four gold medals. Rosa parks sits on a bus in 1955 and a young seminary student from Boston university stands up and takes the complex ideas of _____ and dips it chocolate so big mama can understand it. 15;27;02 And then from Louisville. [Cheering] -- Emerged the civil-tongued poet who took the ethos of somebodiness to unheard of heights. Before James brown said, I'm black and I'm proud. Muhammad Ali said I'm black and I'm pretty. [Laughter] 15:27:38 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;27;44 >> Black and pretty was an oxymoron. Blacks did not say pretty. The first black millionaire in this country was not Oprah but madam C.J. Walker who made products in order to help black people escape their Africanity. But Muhammad Ali said I'm proud. I'm pretty. I'm glad of who I am. And when he said that, that infused in Africans a sense of somebodiness. 15;28;25 To extrapolate Muhammad Ali from the times in which he lives is called historic presentism. It is to talk about George Washington and not talk about the American revolution to talk about Abraham Lincoln and not talk about the civil war. It's to talk about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and not talk about the depression and World War II. Our brother, Muhammad Ali, was a product of a difficult time. And he dared to love black people. 15;29;05 At a time when black people had a problem loving themselves. [Applause] He dared. He dared to affirm the beauty of blackness. He dared to affirm the power and the capacity of African-Americans. He dared to love America's most unloved race. And he loved us all, and we loved him because he -- we knew he loved us. He loved us all. Whether you lived in the suburbs or whether you lived in the slums. Whether you lived on the avenue or whether you lived in an alley. Whether you came from the penthouse or whether you lived in the projects. Whether you came from Morehouse or whether you had no house, whether you were high yellow or boot black, Muhammad Ali loved you. Our city is known for two things. It's known for Muhammad Ali, it is known for the Kentucky derby. 15;30;19 We hope you will come back and visit our city. The first Saturday in may, we hope you will place a bet on one of the horses, but if you do, please know the rules. What will happen is the horses start in the starting gate and then the signal will be given think will run in the mud for two minutes. And the winner will then be led to the winner's circle where a right of roses will be placed around the horse's neck. We want you to make a bet but please know the rules. You cannot bet for the horse once it's in the winner's circle. You have to bet for the horse while it's still in the mud. [Applause] 15;31;09 And there are lot of people, a lot of people who will bet and have bet on Muhammad Ali when he was in the winner's circle. But the masses bet on him while he was still in the mud. [Applause] Kareem abdul-jabbar stood with him when he was in the mud, Jim brown stood with him when he was in the mud. Bill Russell stood with him when he was in the mud. Howard cosell stood with him when he was in the mud. 15:31:24 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;31;51 Please don't mishear me. I am not saying that Muhammad Ali is the property of black people. He is the property of all people. [Applause] But while he is the property of all people, let us never forget that he is the product of black people in their struggle to be free. [Applause] I went looking for Jesus on a poor west-end street, looking that I would find him as he walked around with men and women with stumbling feet. People who had their heads bowed low because they were broke and had nowhere to go. But then I went looking for Jesus, way in the sky. Thinking he would wear a robe that would dazzle my eye. When suddenly, Jesus came walking by with stumbling feet because he had been hanging with the poor on a west-end street. [Applause] 15:33:06 (shot of Ali's wife and family) 15;33;10 The Muhammad Ali of my childhood had a shuffle but as he grew older he walked with shuffling feet. And I will submit to you he walked with shuffling feet not because of Parkinson's disease but he walked with shuffling feet because he hanged out with the folk in west Louisville who had shuffling feet. Peace and god bless you. [Applause] 15;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife applauding and family standing up) 15;34;00 >> Yes, yes, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Don't give a teenager a telephone and don't give a preacher a microphone. [ laughter ] 15:34:15 (shot of Ali's wife) >> We'd like to bring Senator Orrin Hatch to the stage, now in this seventh term as Utah's senator, one of Utah's senators, he is the most senior Republican in the senate, author of some of the most far-reaching legislation in recent decades. Senator hatch is a seasoned and distinguished public servant. We're deeply honored by his presence today. [Applause] 15;35;00 >>Senator Orrin Hatch: Reverend, that was really good. It's hard for this poor old senator to have to follow that is all I can say. Well, the head of the first fight was Sonny Liston, and Muhammad Ali stood before a crowded pack of reporters and told the world unapologetically who he was. I'm the greatest. That's what he said. But this simple proclamation all took the history and -- Ali took the history and wrote his own title in the textbooks. He was not Muhammad Ali, the prize fighter. Or even the world champion. He was Muhammad all the greatest. His daughters dismissed this as bragging but Ali wasn't talking trash. He was speaking truth. And he was in the world of boxing, he truly was the greatest. [Applause] 15;36;13 (tight shot of ali's wife) 15;36;18 >> With the cut-throat quickness of a street fighter, and the simple grace of a ballerina, Ali moved with the killings like agility and punched with herculean strength. But to assume that Ali's greatness stems solely from his athletic prowess is to see half the man. Ali was great not only as an extraordinary fighter. He was a committed civil rights leader, an international diplomat, a forceful advocate of religious freedom, and effective emissary of Islam. He was something. He was caring as a father, a husband, a brother, and a friend. Indeed, it is as a personal friend that it witness Ali's greatness for myself.I first met Muhammad Ali 28 years ago. Almost to the day, to this day. 15:37:09 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 15;37;21 I was in my senate office and an assistant said you have a visitor, and I was really surprised that it was none other than the champion himself. The friendship we developed was puzzling to many people, especially to those who saw only our differences. I might say that where others saw a difference, Ali and I saw kinship. We were both dedicated to our families. And deeply devoted to our faiths. He took Islam, and I to the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. We were both products of humble backgrounds and hard scrabble youth. Ali grew up poor here in Louisville and I grew up poor in Pittsburgh. True, we were different in some ways but our differences fortified our friendship. 15;38;26 They did not define it. I saw greatness in Ali's ability to look beyond the horizon and our differences. To find common ground. This shared sensibility was the foundation of a rich and meaningful relationship that I will forever treasure. One of my fondest memories of our friendship when Ali joined news the Salt Lake -- going to listen to the Salt Lake Mormon tabernacle choir. I have to say, it was the same Mormon tabernacle choir -- Ali loved music, and he enjoyed the choir's performance, but he seemed most excited to share his own religious beliefs with those who came to hear the Christian hymns. Ali attracted big crowds that day, and as he always did, and he gave everyone autographed pamphlets explaining his Muslim beliefs. 15;39;31 Hundreds of mormons lined up to grab the pamphlets, and of course I took one for myself. I respected his deeply held convictions just as he respected mine. In our relationship it was anchored by our different faiths. Ali was open to goodness. In all of its diverse realities and varieties. On another occasion, I took Ali to primary children's hospital in Salt Lake City. We visited with downtrodden children who perhaps had never smiled a day in their lifetime. Until Ali showed up. Ali held those kids and looked into their eyes. They would grin from ear to ear. These are kids that never smiled. They were so pained. The nurses were astounded. Never before had they seen someone who had connected so immediately and profoundly with these sick children. 15;40;35 Ali had a special way with kids as we all know. He may have been a tough and tenacious man in the ring, but he was a compassionate and tender around those that he loved. 15:40:48 (shot of Ali's wife) Through all of his ferocity as a fighter, Ali was also a peacemaker, a particular radio host in Utah berated me constantly on the air waves. Week after week. One day the host asked if I were arrange for Ali to meet Utah's former middleweight champion, James Fulmer, for a joint interview. Ali agreed. Knowing that the appearance could help me build some good will, but he also was very interested in meeting James(?) as well. It was an unforgettable experience. Here were two champions, face-to-face, reminiscing about some of the best fights the world has ever seen, and I have to say, in the process, Ali claimed that radio host -- well, he charmed the radio host so much on my behalf, gently transforming an unrepentant antagonist into a respectful starring partner. 15;41;52 So dedicated was Ali to our friendship, that he joined me on the campaign trail during several election cycles. He came to Utah year after year to raise funds for a charity benefiting needy women, women in jeopardy, and families in our state. Ali didn't look at life through the binary lens of Republican and Democrat. So common today. He saw worthy causes and shared humanity. And always willingness to put principles ahead of partisanship, he showed us all the path to greatness. And I'll never forget that greatness. Nor will I ever forget him. [Applause] 15;42;47 There there were many faces to Ali's greatness. His abilities as a boxer, his charisma as a public figure, his benevolence as a father and as a friend. All of these made Ali great. But there was something else that made him the greatest. Ali was the greatest because, as a debilitated and unbroken champion for later years he put is to a greatness beyond ourselves, greatness beyond even Ali. He pointed us to the greatness of god. [Applause] 15;43;35 God raised up Ali to be the greatest fighter in the world of all-time. Yet he allowed Ali to wrestle with Parkinson's disease, an inescapable reminder we're all mortal, and that we are all dependent on god's grace. Ali believed this himself. He once told me, god gave me this condition to remind me always that I am human, and that only he is the greatest. [Applause] 15;44;12 Ali was an unsurpassed symbol of our universal dependence on the divine. He was the greatest because he reminded us all who truly is the greatest. God, our creator. I'm eternally grateful for my special bond with this special man, and for my friendship with his beloved wife, who I love dearly. She is one of the great women in this world. [Applause] 15;44;44 (shot of wife) She was dedicated to the very end and I pray that Ali rested peacefully and Ali will rest peacefully the presence of the greatest of all, even our gods. I can bear testimony that I believe in god. I believe that we're here on Earth for a reason. I believe that this Earth life is a time for us to do what is right for god and for our fellow men and women. I don't know that I've ever met anybody who did it any better than my friend, Muhammad Ali. [Applause] >> God bless you. God bless the family. 15;45;37 (shot of wife applauding) 15;45;45 >> Next we would like to welcome Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel to the stage. Father Kriegel has been instrumental -- has been the pastor of St. Patricks parish in Erie, PA. He was ordained in 1970 and named a domestic prebate with the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1991. His wisdom, scholraship and spiritual guidance is a source of solace and guidance for catholics and members of other faith communities far far beyond his Pennsylvania home. Father Kriegel. 15;46;35 >> Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel: Let us pray. Loving eternal god, as we gather today in prayer, we do so with an abiding sense of gratitude. Our gratitude knows no bounds as we thakn you for the gift of this good and gentle man. Muhammed Ali opened our eyes to the evil of racism, to the absurdity of war. He showed us with incredible patience that a debilitating illness need never diminish joy and love in our lives. He chided our consciences, he awakened in us a deeper sense of the need to respect one another, to set aside racial differences. The legendary fighter of all time in reality taught us to heal, rather than to fight. To embrace, rather than to turn away. To include, rather than to exclude. While proclaiming himself to be the greatest, he showed us that his greatness lied in his love and concern for others. Most particularly the marginalized, the suffering, the helpless, the hopeless. You gift of him has enriched us, has made us better people, has created a more gentle world. We dare not return him to you today without expressing our gratitude for the gift of him. Amen. 15;47;50 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;48;22 >> Next we will hear a few brief remarks from Dr. Timothy Gianotti. Dr. Gianotti is a professor of islamic studies at the university of waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is equally at home, busying himself with the affairs of the Muslim community as he is sitting in the library and burrowing through books. A true public intellectual. He is the initial and principal islamic adviser to the Ali family. He has been instrumental in assuring that the last days of Muhammad's life, his burial, his bathing, his shrouding, and his burial today, his funeral and burial today, all were in accordance with the strictures of Muslim law. So now I'd like to bring to you the person I affectionately call, brother, doctor, Imam, Timothy Gianotti. [Applause] 15;49;58 >> Dr. Timothy Gianotti: In the name of god who is the loving nurturer of the creation, and the ever compassionate and ever merciful, I'd like to share a prayer today. This is a prayer adapted from a there divisional prayer of the prophet Muhammad. My god's peace and blessings be upon him. But before I do so I would just like to say to the family, to Lonnie, to everyone here, that serving Muhammad Ali has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. 15;50;50 (shot of Ali's wife) Oh, god, you who are the light of the heavens and the Earth, grant our brother Muhammad a light in his heart. A light in his earthly body, now restored to the Earth. A light in his grave. A light before him as he journeys on to you. A light in all that he has left behind in this world. A light to his right, and the lights to his left. Oh, god, increase him inlight. Grant him light. A light in his deeds in this world and a light in the hereafter. A light in the hearts of those whom he loved. And a light in the eyes of those who loved him. 15;52;05 A light in those whom he knocked down. And a light in those whom he lifted up. A light in his words which echo in our hearts. A light in the lives of all those whom he touched. A light in his children and a light in their mothers. 15:52:40 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) A light in his grandchildren. And a light in his devoted wife, Lonnie. Oh, lord, increase your servants in light. And give him light. And embrace him in light. And fill us all with light .[ Foreign foreign ] 15;53;10 >> You who are the light odd Earth, you who are the most merciful of all those who show mercy. [Applause] 15;53;38 >> Next we'll hear a few words from rabbi Michael Lerner. Rabbi Lerner is the editor of a magazine, as the magazine's name suggests, rabbi Lerner has dedicated his life to working, to heal and repair the world. Rabbi Lerner is never afraid of ruffling a few feathers so we asked him to be nice today. Rabbi Lerner. [Applause] 15;54;23 >>Rabbi Michael Lerner: We'll see about the feathers. [Foreign chanting] >> Master of compassion, god of compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali and send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I come here speaking as representative of American Jews, and to say that American Jews played an important role of solidarity with the African-American struggles in this country, and that we today stand in solidarity with islamic communities in this country and all around the world. [Applause] 15;55;23 We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down a Muslim and blaming muslims for a few people. [Cheers and applause] 15;55;40 (shot of Ali's wife and family standing up and clapping) (shot of Bill Clinton clapping) 15;55;50 We know what it's like to be demeaned. We know what it's like to have some -- a few people who act against the highest visions of our tradition, to then be identified as the value of the entire tradition. And one of the reasons that we in (?) magazine, a magazine of liberal and Progressive jews but also an interfaith magazine, have called upon the United States to stand up to the part of the Israeli government that is suppressing Palestinians, is that we as Jews understand that our commitment is to recognize that god has created everyone in god's image, and that everyone is equally precious. 15;56;33 And that means that Palestinian people as well as all other people on the planet. [Applause] I know the people of Louisville have a special relationship to Muhammad Ali, and I had a personal relationship in the '60s when both of us were indicted by the federal government and before our various stands against the war in Vietnam. I want to say that although he was cheered on as the heavyweight champion of the world, you know the truth is that in all the honor to him, that heavyweight champions of the world come and go, and sports heroes come and go. There was something about Muhammad Ali that was different. 15;57;24 At the key moment when he had that recognition, he used it -- to stand up to an immoral war and say, no, I won't go! [ Applause ] And it's for that reason that tens and millions of Americans who don't particularly care about boxing care about Muhammad Ali because he was a person who was willing to risk a great honor that he got and a great fame that he got to stand up for the beliefs that he had, to think truth to power when the rest of the people around him said, no, no, you're going to lose your championship and it was taken away from him for five years. But he stood up and was willing to take that kind of a risk because of that kind of moral integrity. [ Applause ] 15;58;22 So I want so say, how do we honor Muhammad Ali? The way to honor Muhammad Ali is to be Muhammad Ali today. That means us, everyone here and everyone listening, it's up to us to continue that ability to speak truth to power. We must speak out, refuse to follow the path of conformity to the rules of the game in life. We must refuse to follow the path of conformity. Tell the 1% who own 80% of the wealth of this country that it's time to share that wealth. Tell the politicians who use violence worldwide and then preach nonviolence to the oppressed, that it's time to end their drone warfare and every other form of warfare, to close our bases around the world, bring the troops home, tell those who committed mass incarceration that it's time to create a guaranteed income for everyone in our society. [ Applause ] 15;59;34 Tell judges to let out of prison the many African-Americans swept up by racist police and imprisoned by racist judges. [ Applause ] Many are in prison today for offenses like possessing marijuana that white people get away with all the time! [ Applause ] Tell our elected officials to imprison those who authorize torture and those who ran the big investment companies that caused the economic collapse of 2008. Tell the leaders of Turkey to stop killing the kurds. Tell Israeli prime minister Netanyahu that the way to get security is for Israel is to stop the occupation of the west bank and help create a Palestinian state. [ Applause ] 16;00;37 Tell the next president of the United States that -- tell the next president of the united States that she --- (shot of bill clinton smiling) Tell the next president of the united States that she should seek a constitutional amendment to make all national and state elects funds by congress and the state legislator and all other money be banned, all other money from companies companies and individuals and make it all public funding. 16;01;30 >> Tell her that the way to achieve homeland security is not for us to try new ways of domination, the strategy of domination in the world of the other to get security has been tried for the last ten thousand years and doesn't work. The way to get security is for the United States to become known as the most generous and caring country in the world, not the most powerful. [Applause] 16;02;00 We can start with a global and domestic plan to once and for all ended global and domestic poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, inadequate health care. So, I want to, as chair of the interfaith network of spiritual Progressives -- by the way, spiritual progressives.org come and join us -- I want to affirm our commitment to the well-being of all muslims on the planet as well as the people of all faiths and secular humanists as well. We wish to pay honor to muslims of the world as the continue today the fast of Ramadan, and join with them in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali, a great -- peace be upon him, peace be upon the prophet now ham -- Muhammad and peace on humanity and peace on all of us, amen. [Cheers and applause] 16;03;20 [Chanting] Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. Ali. >> Time, time, time is not on our side. After that speech, I have to edit my initial remarks, honorable first man William J. Clinton. Chief Sidney hill in 2002, Sidney Hill was selected as Tadodaho, or principal spiritual leader of its people a true friend of the earth and beloved to all who know him, he is a leader whose spirituality is coupled with a passionate pursuit of justice. We are honored that he has come here today to share a few words and a few thoughts with us. Chief Hill. [ Applause ] 16;04;44 >>Chief Sidney hill: [ Speaking only in foreign language ] 16;06;16 >>This is chairman Stevens with us, United Nation from our alliance (?) Nation. Translation: he said, my relatives, it is my responsibility to pick up the words for (?) the people of the longhouse. They wish you well. They want you to be at peace of mind. Now this great darkness that has happened to us, you must understand that you who have gathered us here, that his road is straight. Peacefully, he will arrive at his land. [foreign language] Our creator. It is the same as you call him, Allah. 16;07;30 These were the words. He took the family, your relatives and friends of Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali was the leader among men. And a champion of the people. He fought for the people of color, yet he was man of peace and principle. A man of compassion, who used his great gifts for the common good. The spirit has a clear path to the creator. 16;08;27 To the spiritual leader, six nation iroquois confederation. And myself, faithkeeper, turtle clan, under the council of chiefs, have journeyed here today to add our voice to this congregation of world leaders, in honor of his work, and for the right and dignity of people of color and the common man. [Applause] 16;09;15 He was always in support of the indigenous people of this hemisphere in our quest for our inherent land rights, self-determination, identity, and collective right that include the natural world. We know what he was up against. Because we have had 524 years of survival training ourselves. [Applause] 16;09;50 (shot of Ali's wife clapping) In 1978, a congressman from the state of Washington put a bill into congress to terminate our treaties with the United States. An Indian nations walked from California to Washington, DC, in protest. Muhammad Ali marched into Washington, DC with us. [Applause] 16;10;31 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 16;10;38 He was a free, independent spirit. He stood his ground with great courage and conviction. And he paid a price. And this country did, too. And we all did. Values and principles will determine one's destiny. And the principles of a nation will do the same. Poor people do not have many options. You fighters know what I'm talking about. He said that ring was Ali's path to his destiny. He said he would be heavyweight champion of the world, and he was. Three times. This is the fourth time, right here, right now. [Applause] 16;11;55 On his journey in life, he lived and learned the hard way. He brought a light into this world. My world. Our world. And that light will shine a long, long time. [ Applause ] Peace, brother. Peace. And on behalf of my friend Ernie and the indigenous people everywhere, peace. Thank you. [Applause] 16;12;58 >> We introduce chief hill, and his words were translated by Chief Oren Lyons who was born into a traditional indigenous family, and grew up on the native reservations of upstate New York. In 1970 he became the chief and faithkeeper of the turtle clan of the onondaga nation. His scholarship, stewardship and leadership is a source of benefit and great blessing for all who know him. Now he want to introduce Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, Rabbi Rapport is senior rabbi here of the temple here in Louisville where he has been a leader in interfaith work. He has the passion for teaching youth, and in fact it is his work with youth that let him to cross paths with Muhammad Ali. His religious leadership focuses on compassion, care, and working together was all to build a better world. Rabbi Rapport. [Applause] 16;14;24 >>Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport: This is a reading from our memorial prayer on yom kippur. Our day of atonement. Our most sacred day of the year. It was written men decades ago by rabbi Fein, civil rights leader who could never have known when he composed these words he was writing a eulogy for Muhammad Ali. 16;14;49 Birth is a beginning. And death a destination. And life is a journey, from childhood to maturity, and youth to age. From innocence to awareness, and ignorance to knowing. From foolishness to discretion. And then perhaps to wisdom. From weakness to strength, and strength to weakness. And often back again. From health to sickness, and back we pray to health again. From offense to forgiveness. From loneliness to love. From joy to gratitude. And pain to compassion, from grief to understanding. From fear to faith. From defeat to defeat to defeat, until looking backward or ahead we see that victory lies not at some high place along the way, but in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage. 16;15;50 Birth is a beginning. And death, a destination. And life is a journey. The sacred pilgrimage to life everlasting. We say words of prayer and they remain words, until we encounter a person who embodies these words and makes them real. I've said these words many times before. At funerals and memorial services. But never have I felt them come to life and speak of a single shining soul as I do today. Muhammad Ali was the heart of this city. The living, breathing, embodiment of the greatest that we can be. 16;16;33 (shot of Ali's wife) He was our heart, and that heart beats here still. [Applause] 16;16;47 Let me tell you a story you already know. It's one of those stories about Ali being gracious to a stranger that so many of us have told, so many times, and in so many we we sometimes forget the lessons these stories were intended to teach us. It's a story Honna tells about her father towards the end of their book, the soul of the butterfly. Honna's driving her father to a book store on one Sunday to pick up some bibles and korans for a project that he's working on. They pass an elderly man standing by the road with a bible in one hand and his thumb in the air with the other. They offer him a ride. And he thanks them, saying that he is on his way home from church. He only needs to go a few miles down the street where he can pick up a cab. Hanna asked where he lives help doesn't want to trouble them. He has no idea who is sitting in the front seat of the car. 16;17;48 Until Muhammad Ali turns around and says, it's no trouble at all. We're just on our way to a bookstore to by some bibles and korans. Once the man gets over meeting the greatest of all-time, he insists that he has three bibles in his house, and he would be pleased to give them to Ali in appreciation for the ride. Ali thanks him but says, he wants to pay for the bibles. The man says, no, the bibles were meant as a gift. Ali asked him what he does for a living. And it turns out the man had a stroke and has been forced into retirement. Ali then tries to hand him a big pile of money for the bibles. But the man refuses and this is where things get interesting. 16;18;37 Ali says, take the money, man, I'm trying to get into heaven.(laughter) 16;18;44 (shot of Ali's wife) And the man replied. So am I. Ali is not taking no for an answer. He says, if you don't take the money I might not get in. And the man replies, if I do take your money I might not get in. They arrive at his home, and the map invites him tomeet his wife of 30 years. He gives Ali the bibles. Ali slips the money under a napkin on the kitchen table. They're about to leave and Hannah gives the man her phone number and tells him to call him -- to call her if her needs a ride home from church again. Sitting in the car, Ali turns to his daughter and asks. Would you really go out of your way and pick him up and drive him home? And she says, yes. And with tears in his eyes, he says, that's me in you. [Applause] 16;19;52 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) 16;20;04 He says, you're on the road to heaven. Therein lies ally's greatness his ability to see something greater and his ability to inspire others to see such greatness' within themselves. There will never be another greatest like Muhammad Ali. But we together can now embody a measure of his kindness, and his compassion. We can say each of us in our hearts there's a little bit of Ali in me. [Applause] This week, we have mourned the loss and celebrated the life of a Louisville legend and a citizen of the world. And of all the words and all the ways, the most powerful moments have always been made in the voices of young people, repeated in prayer services, and chanted in the streets. I am Ali. I am Ali. I am not the fighter that Ali was. And I may not have the courage which he never lacked. And I am definitely not as pretty. (laughter) But in my heart, and in my hope, and in my prayers I am Muhammad Ali. [Applause] 16;21;36 >> When he say that in our hearts, when we live that in our lives, then we together can build a legacy worthy of the greatest of all-time. So say that now with me. In your heart, and in this room, I am Ali. I am Ali. [Applause] >> You know, one of the amazing things that we've witnessed during our time here in Louisville has been just so many stories of common, ordinary people. There's folks on the street, working in the hotels, the restaurants, virtually everyone has a story concerning how Muhammad Ali touched their lives. He came to my fourth grade class. He helped me out in this or that way. He came to visit me when I was sick. Just on and on and on. And collectively, those experiences, they become sinner ginnic, they become greater than the individual parts. And when we rose through the streets of the city today, I've witnessed something I've never, ever witnessed in my life. [ Applause ] 16;23;10 And I don't think I will ever witness again. I witnessed the power. In our muslim tradition we call it (foreign language) it might be loosely translated as sainthood, I witnessed the power of sainthood. [ applause] Venerable Utsumi is a member of the (foreign language) a Japanese Buddhist order dedicated to working for world peace through the practice of walking peace pilgrimages anti-nuclear weapon pilgrimages and the construction of peace pagodas all over the globe, he will be joined onstage by Sister Denise another member of the order and together they will share a traditional chant with us. 16;24;40 [Buddhist chants] 16:28:25 [Buddhist chants] 16;29;20 Now we will listen to a reading by , Ambassador Shabazz. Ambassador Shabazz is the oldest of six daughters born to el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (?) and Doctor Betty Shabazz. [applause] She probably shares that she is inspired by her parents, their parents, and those before them through the descending generations. The former prime minister of Belize recognized her as a key Ambassador in international cultural affairs and project development and in 2002 appointed her as ambassador at large, powerful and elegant we invite Ambassador Shabazz to read and share and inspire us. [ Applause ] 16:30;44 >>Ambassador Shabazz: Assalamu alaikum. May peace be upon us. All of us. As this is a homegoing celebration I find myself balanced between that of celebration and depletion, loss, that somehow or another, my breathing capacity has been weakened this past week so I ask all of you gathered and afar to please muster up and transmit a bit of your air to me in the memory of Muhammad Ali, thank you all. [ Speaking in foreign language ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SEVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 16;31;44 And more as the globe centers at this very moment amidst the holy month of Ramadan where every two hours there's a time zone praying, and including Muhammad Ali and his family in your thoughts. Amidst that are the prayers of all faiths, all those touched, even those that don't claim a religion are feeling something right now in honor of the family and the memory of their father, husband. In the spirit of my parents, Malcolm X Shabazz and Dr. Shabazz, in the presence of my five younger sisters, our children and our grandchildren I would like to first honor his beloved wife, my sister, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] 16;32;53 (shot of Ali's wife) 16;32;59 For all the strengths that you know and that resonate beyond. Sometimes you do need a little help no matter how magnificent you are and indeed those that were with him, that loved him, his family members sustain that. His nine children, and I will name them, Maryam, rasheda, Muhammad Jr., Hana, Laila, asaad, Miya, khaliah as well as thier mothers, and the third generation of grandchildren who accompany them. [ Applause ] 16;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife) To his only brother, to his extraordinary example of a best friend, Howard Bingham and to his sister-in-law Marilyn. For all the grief that I am depleted by and others are feeling by his transition, there is none comparable to yours and I know that. On this day and those to come, as you live your waking days with a life without him here presently, very different. 16;34;37 (shot of Ali's wife) Photos, memories, all the things that we have on him that keep him going. He touched you differently and that has to be honored and recognized, never forsaken. [ Applause ] Just know that when you are the descendent of and in the presence of someone whose life was filled with principle, that the seed is in you so that you have to cultivate that responsibly as well. [ Applause ] This moment is very meaningful for me to have been amongst those chosen and blessed by Muhammad himself and affirmed by his wife Lonnie to take part by sharing a prose and a statement during this homegoing ceremony. While he and I had a treasured relationship, the genesis of his love was through the love for my father. Muhammad Ali was the last of a fraternity of amazing men bequeathed to me directly by my dad. 16;35;57 Somewhere between me turning 18, 19 or 20, they all seemed to find me somehow guided by an oath of a promise to my dad long after him leaving this Earth to search for me, and they did. Each one remaining in my life until joining the rest of the heavens beloved summit of fearless humanitarians. This included Muhammad Ali whom my dad loved as a little brother, 16 years his junior and his entrusted friend. There was a double-take when I came upon him, a once childhood per child and now looking right into his face, and you know how he is. He gives you that little dare like, is that you? [ imitates ] From the very moment we found one another, it was as if no time has passed as all despite all of the presumptions of division, despite all of the efforts at separation, despite all of the organized distancing. We dove right into all of the unrequited yet stated and duly acknowledged spaces we could explore and uncover privately. 16;37;18 We cried out loud. His belt, his grief for having not spoken to my dad before he left and then just as loudly we'd laugh about the best of stories, and some that can't be repeated. He was really funny. What was significant as brothers for my father and Ali was their ability to discuss openly anything, all facets of life, namely, the true meaning, as men with great responsibilities be bestowed to them of how to make an equitable difference in the lives of others. A unifying topic was faith and ecumenical faith, respect for faith, all faiths, even if belonging to one specific religion or none, the root of such being the gift of faith itself so in his own words he wrote, "We all have the same God. We just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans, all have different names but they all contain water. So do religions have different names and yet they all contain truth. Truth expressed in different ways and forms and times. It doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew. When you believe in god, you should believe all people are part of one family. [ Applause ] 16;39;11 For if you love god, you can't love only some of his children. [ Applause ] His words and certainly ideals shared by both men, love is a mighty thing, devotion is a mighty thing and truth always reigns. Having Muhammad Ali in my life somehow sustained my dad's breath for me a little while longer. 51 years longer until now. (WEEPING) [Applause] I am forever grateful at our union on this Earth together allowed for me a continuum of shared understanding, preserved confidentialities and the comfort of living in his home town of Louisville Kentucky for the past six years. [ Applause ] 16;40;26 That was not a plan. And mostly for the gift of knowing and loving his wife and children forever forward as my own family, know that. As the last of the paternity reaches the heavens, my heart is rendered ever longingly for that tribe. The tribe of purpose, the tribe of significance, tribe of confidence, tribe of character, tribe of duty, tribe of faith, tribe of service. We must make sure that the principle of men and women, like Muhammad Ali and others, whom dedicated their very being to assure that you get to recognize your own glory, is sustained and passed on like that olympic torch. My dad would offer in state when concluding or parting from another, may we meet again in the light of understanding and I say to you with the light of that compass by any means necessary. 16;42;09 >> Ladies and gentlemen, representing the president of the United States and Mrs. Obama, miss Valerie Jarrett. [ Applause ] 16;42;24 >>Valerie Jarrett: Good afternoon. On behalf of president Obama and Mrs. Obama, I wish to express to you their deepest regret that they couldn't be with us here today as we celebrate the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali. I first met Muhammad Ali over 45 years ago through his friendship with my uncle Jean and he, my uncle, would be so touched that his son gene is a pallbearer here today. Thank you, Lonnie. Because of my family connection, the president and first lady asked me if I would read this tribute to you, penned by president Obama. 16;43;15 It was 1980, an epic career was in its twilight. Everybody knew it. Probably including the champ himself. Ali went into one of his final fights an underdog. All of the smart money was on the new champ, Larry Holmes. And in the end, the oddsmakers were right. A few hours later, at 4 A.M., after the loss, after the fans had gone home and the sports writers were writing their final take, a sports writer asked a restroom attendant if he had bet on the fight. The man, black and getting on in years, said he had put his money on Ali. 16;44;05 The writer asked why. Why, the man said? Why? Because he's Muhammad Ali. That's why. He said, mister, I'm 72 years old and I owe the man for giving me my dignity. [ Applause ] To Lonnie and the Ali family, president Clinton and an arena full of distinguished guests, you are amazing. The man we celebrate today is not just a boxer or a poet or an agitator or a man of peace, not just a Muslim or a black man or a Louisville kid. He wasn't even just the greatest of all time. He was Muhammad Ali.The whole far greater than the sum of its parts. He was bigger, brighter and more original and influential than just about anyone of his era. [ Applause ] 16;45;30 You couldn't have made him up and, yes, he was pretty, too. He had fans in every city, every village, every ghetto on the planet. He was fettered by foreign heads of state, the beatles, British invasion took a detour to come to him. It seemed sometimes that the champ was simply too big for America. But I actually think that the world flocked to him in wonder precisely because, as he once put it, Muhammad Ali was America! Brash, defiant, pioneering, joyful, never tired, always game to test the odds. He was our most basic freedoms, religion, speech, spirit. 16;46;31 He embodied our ability to invent ourselves. His life spoke to our original sin of slavery and discrimination and the journey he traveled helped to shock our consciousness and lead us on a roundabout path towards salvation. And like America, he was always very much a work in progress. We do him a disservice to gauze up his story to sand down his rough edges to talk only of floating like butterflies and stinging like bees. Ali was a radical even in a radical of times. A loud and proud and unabashedly black voice in a Jim crow world. [ Applause ] 16;47;24 His jabs knocked some sense into us, yes, they did. Pushing us to expand our imagination and bring others into our understanding. Now, there were times when he swung a bit wildly. That's right. Wound up and accidently may have wronged the wrong opponent as he was the first to admit. But through all his triumphs and failures, Ali seemed to have achieved the sort of enlightenment and inner peace that we are all striving towards. In the '60s when other young men his age were leaving the country to avoid war or jail, he was asked why he didn't join them. He got angry. He said he'd never leave. His people, in his words, are here, the millions struggling for freedom and justice and equality and I could do a lot of help in jail or not right here in America. [ Applause ] 16;48;34 He'd have everything stripped from him, his titles, his standing, his money, his passion. Very nearly his freedom. But Ali still chose America. I imagine he knew that only here in this country could he win it all back. So he chose to help perfect a union where a descendent of slaves can become the king of the world. And in the process, in the process, lend some dignity to all of us. Maids, porters, students and elderly bathroom attendant and help inspire a young, mixed kid with a funny name to have the audacity to believe he could be anything, even the president of the United States! [ Applause ] 16;49;35 (shot of Ali's wife) Muhammad Ali was America. Muhammad Ali will always be America. What a man. What a spirit. What a joyous mightyful champion. God bless the greatness of Ali. God bless his family. And god bless this nation we love. Thank you very much. 16;50;28 ANNOUNCER VOICE: Ladies and gentlemen, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] >> Ali! Ali! Ali! 16;51;05 LONNIE ALI >> Assalamu alaikum. Peace be upon you. You know, I said something to Matt Lauer yesterday that I firmly believe Muhammad had something to do with all of this and I think we are right. Thank you all for being here to share in this final farewell to Muhammad. On behalf of the Ali family, let me first recognize our principal celebrant Imam _____ and Dr. Timothy Gianotti. We thank you for your dedication to helping us fulfill Muhammad's desire that the ceremonies of this past week reflect the traditions of his islamic faith. And as a family, we thank the millions of people who, through the miracle of social media, inspired by their love of Muhammad have reached out to us with their prayers. The messages have come to us in every language from every corner of the globe. From wherever you are watching, know that we have been humbled by your heartfelt expressions of love. It is only fitting that we gather in a city to which Muhammad always returned after his great triumphs. A city that has grown as Muhammad has grown. [ Applause ] 16;52;37 Muhammad never stopped loving Louisville. And we know that Louisville loves Muhammad. [Applause] We cannot forget a Louisville police officer, Joe Espy(?) Martin, who embraced a young 12-year-old boy in distress when his bicycle was stolen. Joe Martin handed young Cassius Clay -- sorry for tripping up that last word -- Clay, to a future in boxing he could scarcely have imagined. America must never forget that when a cop and an inner city kid talk to each other, then miracles can happen. [ Applause ] 16;53;49 Some years ago during his long struggle with Parkinson's in a meeting that included his closest advisors, Muhammad indicated when the end came for him, he wanted us to use his life and his death as a teaching moment for young people for his country and for the world. In effect, he wanted us to remind people who are suffering that he had seen the face of injustice, that he grew up in a segregation and that during his early life, he was not free to be who he wanted to be. But he never became embittered enough to quit or engage in violence. It was a time when a young black boy his age could be hung from a tree in Mississippi in 1955 whose admitted killers went free. 16;54;50 It was time when Muhammad's friends, people he admired, like Brother Malcolm and Dr. King were gunned down, and Nelson Mandela imprisoned for what they believed in. [ Applause ] For his part, Muhammad faced federal prosecution. He was stripped of his title and his license to box and he was sentenced to prison. But he would not be intimidated so as to abandon his principles and his values. 4:55-Lonnie emotional, almost cries 16;55;29 Muhammad wants young people of every background to see his life as proof that adversity can make you stronger. It cannot rob you of the power to dream and to reach your dreams. We built the Muhammad Ali center and that's the center of the Ali message. [ Applause ] Muhammad wants us to see the face of his religion, true Islam, as the face of love. It was his religion that caused him to turn away from war and violence, for his religion he was prepared to sacrifice all that he had and all that he was to protect his soul and follow the teachings of prophet Muhammad peace be upon you. 16;56;25 So even in death, Muhammad has something to say. He's saying that his faith required that he take the more difficult road. It is far more difficult to sacrifice oneself in the name of peace than to take up arms in pursuit of violence. [ Applause ] You know, all of his life, Muhammad was fascinated by travel. He was child-like in his encounter with new surroundings and new people. He took his world championship fights to the ends of the Earth, from the south pacific to Europe to the Congo. And, of course, with Muhammad, he believed it was his duty to let everyone see him in person because, after all, he was the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The boy from grand avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, grew in wisdom and discovered something new, that the world really wasn't black and white at all. It was filled with many shades of rich colors, languages and religions. As he moved with ease around the world, the rich and powerful were drawn to him but he was drawn to the poor and the forgotten. [ Applause ] 16;57;53 Muhammad fell in love with the masses and they fell in love with him. In the diversity of men and their faiths, Muhammad saw the presence of god. He was captivated by the work of the dalai lama, by mother Teresa and church workers who gave their lives to protect the poor. When his mother died, he arranged for multiple faiths to be represented at her funeral and he wanted the same for himself. We are especially grateful for the presence of the diverse faith leaders here today. And I would like to ask them to stand once more and be recognized. [ Applause ] 16;58;35 Thank you. Thank you very much. You know, as I reflect on the life of my husband, it's easy to see his most obvious talents. His majesty in the ring as he danced under those lights, enshrined him as a champion for the ages. Less obvious was his extraordinary sense of timing. His knack for being in the right place at the right time seemed to be ordained by a higher power. Even those surrounded by Jim Crow, he was born into a family with two parents that nurtured and encouraged him. He was placed on the path of his dreams by a white cop and he had teachers who understood his dreams and wanted him to succeed. The olympic gold medal came and the world started to take notice. A group of successful businessmen in Louisville called the Louisville Sponsoring Group saw his potential, and helped him build a runway to launch his career. His timing was impeccable as he burst into the national stage just as television was hungry for a star to change the faith of sports. 17;00;02 You know, if Muhammad didn't like the rules, he rewrote them. His religion, his name, his beliefs were his to fashion, no matter what the cost. The timing of his actions coincided with a broader shift in cultural attitudes across America, particularly on college campuses. When he challenged the U.S. Government on the draft, his chance of success was slim to none. That the timing of his decision converged with a rising tide of discontent on the war. Public opinion shifted in his direction followed by a unanimous supreme court ruling in a stunning reversal of fortunes. He was free to return to the ring. When he traveled to central Africa to reclaim his title from George Foreman, none of the sports writers thought he could win. In fact, most of them feared for his life. But in what the Africans call the miracle at 4:00 A.M., he became a champion once more. [ Applause ] And as the years passed and those slowed by Parkinson's, Muhammad was compelled by his faith to use his name and his notoriety to support the victims of poverty and strife. He served as a UN messenger of peace and traveled to places like war-torn Afghanistan, he campaigned as an advocate for reducing the debt of third world debt. 17;01;42 He stunned the world when he secured the release of 15 hostages from Iraq. [ applause ] As his voice grew softer, his message took on greater meeting. He came full circle with the people of his country. When he lit a torch that seemed to create new light in the 1996 Olympics. [ Applause ] Muhammad always knew instinctively the road he needed to travel. His friends know what I mean when I say he lived in the moment. He neither dwelled in the past nor harbored anxiety about the future. Muhammad loved to laugh and he loved to play practical jokes on just about everybody. He was sure-footed in his self-awareness, secure in his faith and he did not fear death. Yet, his timing is once again poignant. His passing and his meaning for our time should not be overlooked. As we face uncertainty in a world and divisions at home, as to who we are as a people, Muhammad's life provides useful guidance. 17;02;58 Muhammad was not one to give up on the power of understanding, the boundless possibilities of love and the strength of our diversity. He counted among his friends people of all political persuasions, saw truth in all faith and the nobility of all races as witnessed here today. Muhammad may have challenged his government but he never ran from it or from America. [ Applause ] He loved this country and he understood the hard choices that are born of freedom. I think he saw a nation's soul measured by the soul of its people. For his part, he saw the good soul in everyone and if you were one of the lucky ones to have met him, you know what I meant. He awoke every morning thinking about his own salvation and he would often say, I just want to get to heaven and I've got to do a lot of good deeds to get there. And I think Muhammad's hope is that his life provides some guidance on how we might achieve for all people what we aspire for ourselves and our families. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;04;38 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, Maryam Ali. 17;04;50 MARYAM ALI >> Peace be with you, everyone here, and on behalf of the Ali family, I just want to say thank you to Louisville, Kentucky, all the love you've shown us in our lives has been unbelievable. Also, I want to thank the entire globe. My father was loved all over. The processional today was overwhelming but it was so beautiful. I just want to say we love you just like you love us. Thank you very much. [ Applause ] 17;05;23 As you know, my father loved poetry. He was always rhyming and promoting his fights and he had poems of the heart, spiritual poems and poems to promote and I just wrote a piece for him, in honor of him on behalf of my sisters and brothers and everyone who loved my father. It's called "Thank you our dear father." My heart was sore when your sick spirit soared. Your physical body is no more but my mind tells different tales of all that you taught me, your family and the masses. 17;06;02 Most importantly, the belief in god who created humanity to thrive in quality. You fought for a purpose to uphold the principle that we as a people have divine human rights. Staring right into the eyes of oppression, you proclaim your beautiful complexion. Your god-given skills, your independent will and the freedom of your faith. As your daughter, I am grateful for all of our conversations about men, women and relationships. Guiding me to first have a loving relationship with self, refusing anyone to chip away at my esteem and expect the respect of a queen. [ Applause ] Thank you, our dear father, for asking us to think about our purpose and showing us the beauty of service to others. We marvel that your sincere love for people as you treated all who approached you with dignity. Whether they were rich or poor, your kindness was unconditional. Never perceiving anyone as beneath you. 17;07;25 So many have shared personal stories about what you have meant to them as you have exemplified values and qualities that have enhanced their lives. If I had every dollar for every story, I could pay for the sky. Your family is so proud of the legacy you left behind. But I hope that the history of you can help turn the tide of self-hate and violence, because we are overwhelmed with moments of silence for tragic deaths. Here on the soil, American soil, in the Middle East or anywhere else in this world, we crave for peace. That peace that you rest in now. We will forever cherish the 74 years you graced this Earth. You will be greatly missed. But now we send you off in celebration, a blown kiss and prayers. As you enter your final round. God's last boxing bell will sound in heaven. I love you, we all love you. Thank you very much. 17;09;02 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Rasheda Ali Walsh. 17;09;20 RASHEDA ALI >> I'm, we are so honored that you have packed this room with your love. Thank you all. Thank you so much for being here today. To celebrate our father. You are the greatest father to us. And it was God's will to take you home. Your family will try our best to make you proud, and carry on your legacy of giving and love. You have inspired us in the world to be the best version of ourselves. May you live in paradise, free from suffering. You shook up the world in life. Now you're shaking up the world in death. 17;10;23 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) Daddy is looking at us now, right and saying, I told you I was the greatest! No one compares to you, daddy. You once said I know where I'm going. And I know the truth. And I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be who I am. Now you are free to be with your creator. We love you so much, daddy. Until we meet again, fly, butterfly, fly. [ Applause ] 17;11;45 ALI DINICOLA Hello. My name is Ali DiNicola. I was born on Muhammad Ali's birthday, I was named after him. He used to call me the little greatest. We can all learn from Muhammad's example of kindness and understanding. When Muhammad was asked how he would like to be remembered, he said I like to, I like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness, he took one court of laughter, one pinch of concern and then he mixed willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith and he stirred it up well. He spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met. Thank you. 17;12;56 ANNOUNCER>>> Ladies and gentlemen, Natasha boncouer. Natasha boncouer: Before I begin, I would just like to say that I'm truly humbled and honored to be here. And I would like to thank the Muhammad Ali center and the Ali family for giving me the opportunity to speak. And to echo the voice that Muhammad has given me. So let me tell you a story about a man. A man who refused to believe that reality was limitation to achieve the impossible. A man who once reached up through the pages of a textbook and touched the heart of an 8-year-old girl. Whose reflection of herself mirrored those who cannot see past the color of her skin. But instead of drawing on that pain from the distorted reality, she found strength. Just as this man did when he stood tall in the face of pelting rain and shouted -- I am the disturbance in the sea of your complacency. And I will never stop shaking your waves. 17;14;30 And his voice echoed through hers. Through mine. And she picked up the rocks that were thrown at her and she threw them back with a voice so powerful that it turned all the pain that she had faced in her life into strength. And tenacity. And now that 8-year-old girl stands before you, to tell you that Ali's cry still shakes these waves today. 17;15;11 (shot of Ali's wife) That we are to find strength in our identities. Whether we are black or white or Asian or hispanic. Lgbt, disabled or able-bodied. Muslim, jewish, hindu or Christian. His cry represents those who have not been heard, and invalidates the idea that we are to be confirmed to one normative standard. That is what it means to defeat the impossible. Because impossible is not a fact, impossible is an opinion. Impossible is nothing! [ Applause ] 17;16;15 When I look into this crowd I smile. I smile to recognize that he is not really gone. He lives in you and he lives in me. And he lives in every person that he has touched in every corner of this world. (shot of Ali's wife) Reality was never a limitation for Ali. For us, just as every punch his opponents threw, impossible is never enough to knock us down. Because we are Ali. We are greater than the rocks or the punches that we throw at each other. We have the ability to empower and inspire and to connect and to unify and that will live on forever. So let me tell you a story about a man. His name is Muhammed Ali. He is the greatest of all time. He is from Louisville, Kentucky and he lives in each and every one of us. (shot of Ali's wife) And his story is far from over. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife applauding) 17;18;26 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, John Ramsey. 17;18;35 John Ramsey First of all, on behalf of my fellow Louisvillians to the Ali family, we offer our condolences our heartfelt prayers and for Lonnie Ali a very special prayer. We know that Muhammad was blessed with many gifts but none more precious than Lonnie Ali and we thank you so much. (shot of Ali's wife) You know, I've got to tell you, Louisville, when I was in the procession today and saw the tens and thousands of people and all of the warmth and the love and the respect that was shown for Muhammad, I've got to tell you, my heart swelled with pride. I know he was watching from above and I know he absolutely loved it. He-- I don't think he'd be surprised. I think Muhammad would say, Louisville, Kentucky, the greatest city of all times. I'm feeling good. Man. I tell you what, how can we lose with the stuff we use? [ laughter] I'm feeling so good, I think I'm going to make a comeback and change my name back to Walnut street. That's how good I feel. [ laughter ] 17;19;46 You know, for me, I always felt connected to Muhammad even before I had met him. You know, maybe it was the fact that I was a Louisville boy. Maybe it's the fact that I loved the Louisville Cardinals, like Muhammad. You know, but as our relationship evolved, I found that a lot of people felt this personal connection with Muhammad. And that's part of the Ali magic. You know, initially, for a lot of men my age and certainly myself, it was the athlete that I was attracted to. I mean, that kind of size, that kind of speed, agility, that grace not only made him the heavyweight champion of the world three times but it made him "Sports illustrated" sportsman of the century, the A.P. Athlete of the century and certainly made him the athlete -- a once in a lifetime athlete. But I would argue that the combination of compassion, kindness, love and the ability to lift us up made him a once in a lifetime person. [ Applause ] 17;20;55 You know, Muhammad was blessed with many gifts, as I said, and he was a wise and faithful steward of those gifts. There's many stories about Muhammad but there is a couple that really to me encapsulate what he was all about. I remember back in 2000, I made a trip to the summer olympics with Muhammad and one day he decided we were going to go see a boxing match and I remember we're ringside, the American wins, 15,000 people are chanting, usa, usa! And I thought, this is my olympic moment. You know, I was filled with patriotic pride. The boxer came down from the ring, he took the obligatory picture with Muhammad, the fist to chin shot, hundreds of photographers from around the world were taking pictures, you know, thousands of people cheering for Muhammad and this victorious fighter. 17;21;47 And then Muhammad leaned down to me whispered in my ear, he said, I want to see the loser. I say, excuse me? I want to see the loser. So, I motioned over to an Olympic official and I said, you know Muhammad wants to see the loser. Can we go to the losing locker room? And we get to the losing locker room and there's not tens of thousands of people, there's not any photographers. There's just a kid in the corner on a stool, he's got a towel around his neck, he's got a bloody mouth under his eye. This has got to be the lowest point of his athletic career at the very least. He felt like he let down his country. He is defeated. And the vibe in that room was literally the lowest of low. But then when Muhammad walks in, this kid recognizes him instantly and in broken English he says Muhammad Ali and Muhammad started dancing he said show me what you've got man, show me, and Mohammad starts throwing out jabs and this kid starts ducking and smiling. Muhammad grabs him in a bear hug. He said, I saw what you did out there, man, you look good. You are moving good, you can be a champion, man. Don't give up. And I remember, it warmed my heart how he took this kid from here to here in an instant. 17;22;58 And -- [ applause ] And I remember, I got in the car and I said to Muhammad, I said, Mohammad try to be a nice guy but I've got to tell you, I was caught up in the moment. I didn't give that losing fighter a second thought. I said mohammad you're the greatest. Muhammad said, tell me something I don't already know. [ laughter ] He -- and -- but what I don't want people to forget, no doubt, to me he's the finest example of a human that I've ever seen. The finest example of a great human being that I've ever seen of the kindness that a human possesses. That was Muhammad Ali, but don't forget about this, man. Muhammad was the coolest cat in the room. I mean, he was good looking, he had charm, he had charisma, he had swagger before he knew that swagger was. I mean, I remember, I went to -- when -- was about 25 years ago, he came to town to visit his mother and he wanted to go to outback steakhouse. I has a friend there, was big Mohammad fan, so we came in and at the time here in Louisville, there was a fireman's convention and all of these guys had their engine numbers on their shirt and sure enough I had seen this thing a million times. Man, these guys line up for an autograph. I said, to Muhammad, I said Muhammad, if you'd like, I'll play the bad guy. You know I tell them to let you eat, and you can sign autographs later. 17;24;25 Muhammad would have none of it. He said, no, I'll sign between bites. He's taking bites of his food and he's signing. This one guy walks up, and you could tell he was a big fan. I mean he knew Muhammad. He was scared to death, he-- all of his adrenaline, he said Champ, he said I saw the stand you made, in the civil rights movement, I saw your stand against the Vietnam war. He said, I've got to tell you, champ, you're my hero. He said, I've got a picture of you at my firehouse. You are my hero. Muhammad instantly he wanted to change the channel. So he said to the guy, he said, you know, you're the real hero jumping in fire, saving lives, saving babies, putting your life on the line, he said, man, you are the real hero. And the fireman responds real quickly. I mean he knew all of the nicknames, he said, man, but you, you fought the bear, sonny Liston. He said, You fought the rabbit, patterson, you fought big George Foreman, you fought smokin Joe Frazier. 17;25;15 And Muhammad interrupted real quick and he goes, yeah, but Joe wasn't really smoking. [ laughter ] And I said, Muhammad that's a good line. He goes, you're right. Write that down. But it wasn't all about signing autographs and kissing babies. If there was a village that needed food in a third-world country, Muhammad was on the plane, will travel with check. If there was a conflict and he could be part of a resolution, again, Muhammad will travel. As Lonnie had mentioned, if there were hostages to be released, Muhammad was a man of action. One of my favorite quotes and I think it's right here in your program, Muhammad said service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth and I just want to say, champ, your rent is paid in full. Your rent is paid in full. [ Applause ] Your rent is paid in full! 17;26;15 (shot of Ali's wife standing up clapping) And you know, in fact, I think he's paid it forward. Because he has taught us to love rather than to hate. To look for commonalities rather than differences. So therefore I think he's really paid it forward for all of us. So, as we all know now, you know, the fight is over but I'm here to tell you, the decision is in and it is unanimous, because of Muhammad Ali, we all win. The world wins. Thank you so much, Muhammad. It is time for a man of peace to rest in peace. And thank you so very much. 17;27;30 BILLY CRYSTAL >> Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We're at the halfway point. I was clean shaven when this started. Dear Lonnie, family, friends, Mr. President, members of the clergy, all of these amazing people here in Louisville, today this outpouring of love and respect proves that 35 years after he stopped fighting, he is still the champion of the world. [ Applause ] Last week, when we heard the news, time stopped. There was no war, there were no terrorists, no global catastrophes. The world stopped, took a deep breath and sighed. Since then, my mind has been racing through my relationship with this amazing man, which is now 42 years that I've known him. Every moment I can think of is cherished. While others can tell you of his accomplishments, he wanted me to speak and tell you of some personal moments we had together. 17;28;52 I met him in 1974. I was just getting started as a stand-up comedian and struggling. But I had one good routine. It was a three-minute conversation between Howard and Muhammad where I would imitate both of them. Muhammad had just defeated George foreman and sports magazine made him the man of the year. A great man, editor for "Sport," was going to host this televised dinner honoring Muhammad. So dick called my agent looking for a comedian who did some sports material. As fate would have it, that comedian was not available and she wisely said -- it's destiny, man. And she wisely said, but listen, I've got this young kid and he does this great imitation and I don't know why, but dick said, okay, I'll try him. I couldn't believe it. My first time on television and it would be with Ali. I ran to the plaza hotel, the event was packed. He said, how should I introduce you? No one knows who you are. And I said, just say I'm one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. And my thought was, I'll get right to the microphone, go into my how word cosell and I'll be fine and I move into the jam ballroom and that's when I saw him for the first time in person. It's very hard to describe how much he meant to me. You had to live in his time. It's great to look at clips and it's amazing that we have them but to live in his time, watching his fights, his experience of the genius of his talent was absolutely extraordinary. Every one of his fights was the aura of a super bowl. He predicted the round that he would knock somebody out and then he would do it. He was funny. He was beautiful. 17;30;57 He was the most perfect athlete you ever saw and those were his own words. But he was so much more than a fighter as time went on, with Bobby Kennedy gone, martin Luther king gone, Malcolm X gone, who was there to relate to when Vietnam exploded in our face? There were millions of young men my age, eligible for the draft for a war that we didn't believe in. And all of us huddled on the conveyor belt that was rapidly feeding the was machine. But it was Ali who stood up for us by standing up for himself. And after he was stripped of the title-- after he was stripped of the title and the right to fight anywhere in the world, he gave speeches at colleges and on television that totally reached me. He seemed as comfortable talking to kings and queens as the lost and unrequited. 17;31;49 He never lost his sense of humor even as he lost everything else, he was always himself, willing to give up everything for what he believed in. And his passionate rhetoric about the life and plight of black people in our country resonated strongly in my house. I grew up in a house that was dedicated to civil rights. My father was a producer of jazz concerts in New York City and was one of the first to integrate bands in the 40s and 50s. Jazz musicians referred to my dad as the branch rickey of Jazz concerts. My uncle and my family, jewish people, produced strange fruit, billie holiday's classic song describing the lynching of African-Americans in this country. And so I felt him, and now there he was just a few feet from me. I couldn't stop looking at him and he seemed to like glow and he was like in slow motion, his amazing face smiling and laughing. 17;32;41 I was seated a few seats from him on the day I said, and in the room all of these athletes in their individual sports, great ones, Gino Marchetti, of the Baltimore Cults, Franco Harries of the Steelers, Archie Griffith who won the Heisman from Ohio state, literally legends, Neil Simon, george plimton, all in a day fawning over Ali who then looked at me [laughter] with an expression that seemed to say what is Joe gray doing here? Mr. Schapp introduced me as one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. Two people clapped. My wife and the agent. I rose, Ali is still staring at me, I passed right behind him, got to the podium, went right into Cocell, hello, everyone, Howard Cocell coming to you live from Zaire. Some people would pronounce it Zaire. They are wrong. It got big laughs and then I went into the Ali. 17;33;49 Everybody's talking about George Foreman, talking about George foreman, george Forman is ugly, he's just so slow. George was slow. I kind of-- and then I got-- and I'm still faster at 33 years of age. I'm so fast I can turn the lights be in my bed before the room gets dark. [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife) I'm announcing tonight that I've got new religious beliefs. From now on I want to be known as Ezzie escowitz (?) I am now an orthodox Jew Izzie Escowitz (?) and I am the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The audience exploded. See, no one had ever done him before and here he was a white kid from Long Island imitating the greatest of all time and he was loving it. When I was done, he gave me this big bear hug and he whispered in my ear, you're my little brother. 17;34;46 Which is what he always called me until the last time that I saw him. We were always there for each other. If he needed me for something, I was there.He came for anything I asked him to do. Most memorable, he was an honorary chairman for a dinner and a very important event where I was being honored by the hebrew university in Jerusalem. He did all of this promotion for it. He came to the dinner. He sat with my family the entire evening. He took photographs with everybody. The most famous Muslim man in the world honoring his jewish friend. And -- [ applause ] 17;35;26 Because he was there, because he was there, we raised a great deal of money and I was able to use it to endow the university in Jerusalem with something that I told to him about and it was something that he loved the theory of. And it thrives to this day. It's called peace through the performing arts. It's a theater group where Israeli, Arab and Palestinian actors, writers and directors all work together in peace creating original works of art. [ Applause ] And that doesn't happen without him. I had so many -- so many funny and unusual moments with him. I sat next to him at Howard Cosell's funeral, a very somber day to be sure. Closed casket was on the stage, Muhammad and I were sitting somewhere over there next to each other. And he quietly whispered to me, little brother, do you think he's wearing his hairpiece? [ Laughter ] 17;36;30 So I said, I don't think so. Well, then how will god recognize him? [ Laughter ] So I said, champ, once he opens his mouth, God will know. So we started laughing. It was a muffled laugh at first but then we couldn't contain ourselves. There we were, at a funeral, me with Muhammad Ali laughing like two little kids who heard something dirty in church, you know, we were just laughing and laughing. And then he looked at me and he said, Howard was a good man. One time he asked me if I would like to run with him one morning. Do road work with him. I said, that would be amazing. I said, where do you run? He said, I run at this country club and I run on the golf course early in the morning, it's very private, nobody bothers me. We'll have a great time. I said, champ, I can't run there. The club has a reputation for being restricted. What does restricted mean? They don't allow Jews there. They don't have any jewish members. He was incensed. 17;37;38 I'm a black Muslim and they let me run there. Little brother, I'm never going to run there again. And he didn't. [ Applause ] My favorite memory was 1979. He had just retired and there was a retirement party at the forum in los Angeles for Muhammad and 20,000 of his closest friends in los Angeles. I performed a piece that I had created, the imitation had grown into a life story. It's called 15 rounds. And I'd play them from the age of 18 until he's 36 ready for the rematch with Leon Spinks. I posted it on the internet last week, footage that nobody had ever seen before, of me portraying Ali doing his life for him all those years ago in 1979. There were 20,000 people there. But I was doing it only for him. That's one of my favorite performances that I have ever done in my life. I sort of got lost in him. I didn't even know where I was at the end of the performance. And suddenly I'm backstage with another heavyweight champion, Richard Pryor and Pryor 's holding on to me crying and then I see Ali coming and he's got a full head of steam, he is looking only at me, nudged Mr. Pryor aside and he whispered in my ear with a big bear hug, little brother, you made my life better than it was. 17;39;10 But didn't he make all of our lives a little bit better than they were? [ Applause ] That -- that, my friends, is my history with the man that I've labored to come up with a way to describe the legend. He was a tremendous bolt of lightning created by mother nature out of thin air, a fantastic combination of power and beauty. We've seen still photographs of lightning bolts at the moment of impact, ferocious in his strength and magnificent in his elegance. And at the moment of impact it lights up everything around it. So you can see everything clearly. Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America's darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm, his power toppled the mightiest of foes and its intense light shone on America and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self-realization, courage, laughter, love, joy, religious freedom for all. 17;40;18 Ali forced us to take a look at ourselves. This young man who thrilled us, angered us, confused and challenged us ultimately became a silent messenger of peace who taught us that life is best when you build bridges between people, not walls. [Applause] (shot of Ali's wife) 17;40;50 My friends, only once in a thousand years or so do we get to hear a mozart or see a Picasso, read a Shakespeare. Ali was one of them and yet at his heart he was still a kid from Louisville who ran with the gods and walked with the crippled and smiled at the foolishness of it all. He is gone but he will never die. He was my big brother. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;41;47 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Bryant Gumbel. 17;41;58 BRYANT GUMBEL >> The great Maya Angelou who was herself no stranger to fame wrote that ultimately people forget what you said and people will forget what you did but that no one will ever forget how you made them feel. That's applied to Muhammad Ali, the march of time may one day diminish his boast and his poetry, maybe even his butterflies and bees. It may even one day dull the memories of the thrilla in Manila and the rumble in the jungle. But I doubt any of us will ever forget how Muhammad Ali made us feel. I'm not talking about how proud he made you feel with his exploits or how special he made you feel when you were privileged enough to be in his company.I'm talking about how he ripped our hearts and our souls and our conscience and made our fights his fights for decades. People like me, who were once young, semi-gifted and black will never forget what he freed within us. Some of us like him took pride in being black, bold and brash. And because we were so unapologetic, we were in the eyes of many, way too uppity. We were way too arrogant. Yet we reveled in being like him. By stretching society's boundaries as he did, he gave us levels of strength and courage we didn't even know we had. But Ali's impact was not limited to those of a certain race or of a certain religion or of a certain mindset. The greatness of this man for the ages was that he was, in fact, a man for all ages. Has any man ever a greater arc to his life? What does it say of a man, any man that he can go from being viewed as one of his country's most polarizing figures to arguably his most beloved. [ Applause ] And to do so without changing his nature or, for a second, compromising his principles. Yeah, you know, there were great pauses and national movements and huge divisions that afforded Ali unusual opportunities to symbolize our struggles. But Harry Truman had it right when he said men make history and not the other way around. Or as Lauren hill so nicely put it, consequence is no coincidence. Befitting his stature as the goat, Muhammad Ali never shied away from a fight. He fought not just the biggest and baddest men of his day inside the ropes but outside the ring he also went toe to toe with critics, outside of societal norms, the U.S. Government. He even fought ultimately to his detriment the limitations of father time. Strictly speaking, fighting is what he did. But he broadened that definition by sharing his struggles with us and by viewing our struggles as his. And so it was that at various times he accepted and led battles on behalf of his race in support of his generation, in defense of his religious beliefs and ultimately in spite of his disease. I happen to have been overseas working in Norway this past week. My buddy Matt called. Told me the champ had been taken to the hospital. This time it was really serious. Right away I called Lonnie who was, as always, a pillar of strength. And as we discussed the medical details, the doctors' views and the ugly realities of mortality, Lonnie said, Bryant, the world still needs him and indeed it does. The world needs a champion who always worked to bridge the economic and social divides that threaten the nation that he dearly loved. The world needs a champion that always symbolized the best of Islam to offset the hatred born of fear. And the world needs a champion who believed in fairness and inclusion for all. Hating people because of their color is wrong, Ali said, and it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong. [ Applause ] Yeah, we do need Muhammad Ali now. We needed strength and the hope, the compassion, the conviction that he always demonstrated. But this time, our beloved champion is down. And for once he will not get up. Not this time. Not ever again. Let me close with a quick personal story. 50 years ago, Muhammad Ali defeated George devalo in Toronto, Canada. The very next day, he showed up in my neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As Ali got out of the car in the driveway at the home, I happened to be next door shooting hoops in a friend's backyard. I, of course, quickly ran to the fence and for the first time in I was 17. I was awe struck. And man, I thought he was the greatest. Now a half century and a lifetime of experiences later, I am still awe struck and I am convinced more than ever that Muhammad Ali is the greatest. [ Applause ] To be standing here by virtue of his and Lonnie's request, is an honor. To be here today as he goes to his grave is a moment I will take to mine. God bless you, champ. [ Applause ] >> Ladies and gentlemen, the 42nd president of the united States, the honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 558P WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 17;51;17 BILL CLINTON >> Thank you. I can just hear Muhammad saying now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. 17;51;51 I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second half of his life greater than the first. Thank you for the Muhammad Ali center and what it has come to represent to so many people. Here's what I'd like to say. I spent a lot of time now as I get older and older and older trying to figure out what makes people tick, how do they turn out the way they are, how do some people refuse to become victims and rise from every defeat. We've all seen the beautiful pictures of the home of Muhammad Ali and people visiting and driving by. I think you decided something I hope every young person here will decide. I think he decided very young to write his own life story. 17;53;39 I think he decided before he could possibly have worked it all out and before fate and time could work their will on him, he decided that he would not be ever disempowered. He decided not his race or his place or expectations of others, positive, negative or otherwise would stop him from writing his own story. He decided first to use these stunning gifts. His strength and speed in the ring, his wit and way with words, and managing the public, and finding out at a fairly young age who he was, what he believed, and how to live with the consequences of acting on what he believed. 17;54;50 A lot of people make it to steps one and two and still just can't quite manage living with the consequences of what he believed. For the longest time in spite of all the wonderful things that have been said here, I remember thinking when I was a kid this guy is so smart and he never got credit for being as smart as he was. And then I don't think he ever got the credit for being, until later, as wise as he was. In the end besides being a lot of fun to be around and basically universal soldier for our common humanity, I will always think of Muhammad as a truly free man of faith. 17;55;50 And being a man of faith he realized he would never be in full control of his life. Something like Parkinson's could come along. But being free, he realized that life still was open to choices. It is choices that Muhammad Ali made that brought us all here today in honor and love. And the only other thing I would like to say, the first part of his life was dominated by the triumph of his truly unique gifts. We should never forget them, we should never stop looking at the movies. Thank Will Smith for making his movie. We should all be thrilled. It was a thing of beauty. But the second part of his life was more important because he refused to be imprisoned by a disease that kept him hamstrung longer than Mandela was kept in prison in South Africa. 17;57;20 That is in the second half of his life, he perfected gifts that we all have, every single solitary one of us have gifts of mind and heart. It is just that he found a way to release them in ways large and small. I asked Lonnie the time when they were still living in Michigan and I gave a speech in southwest Michigan to an economic club there, and sort of a ritual when a president leaves office, and you know, you had to get reacclimated, nobody plays a song when you walk in a room any more, you don't really know what you're supposed to do, and this club, the economic club, they're used to acting like you deserve to be listened to, they have to be reacclimated. So they came to me to this dinner and he sat with me at this dinner. 17;58;26 And he knew, somehow he knew that I was a little off my feet that night. I was trying to imagine how to make this new life and so he told me a really bad joke. And he told it so well and he laughed so hard that I totally got on board and had a great time. He had that feel about, you know, there's no textbook for that, knowing where somebody else is in their head, picking up the body language. Then Lonnie and Muhammad got me to come here when we had the dedication of the Muhammad Ali center, and I was trying to be incredibly gray haired elder states man, dignified, I have to elevate this guy, I am saying all this stuff in high tone, language, and Muhammad sneaks up behind me, puts his fingers up. (shot of wife laughing) 17;58;35 Finally after all the years we had been friends, my endearing image of him is like three shots. The boxer, the man I watched take the last steps to light the olympic flame when I was president, and I'll never forget it, I was sitting there in Atlanta, we knew each other, by then I felt I had some sense of what he was living with, and I was still weeping like a baby, seeing his hands shake, his legs shake, and knowing by god he was going to make those last few steps no matter what it took, the flame would be lit, the fight would be won. I knew it would happen. [ Applause ] 5532 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE FIBER PATH POOL P2 18;00;49 And then this. The children whose lives he touched, the young people he inspired. That's the most important thing of all. So ask you to remember that. We all have an Ali story. It's the gift we all have that should be most honored today because he released them to the world. Never wasting a day the rest of us could see feeling sorry he had Parkinson's, knowing more than three decades of his life would be circumscribed in ways that would be chilling to the naked eye. 18;01;43 But with the free spirit it made his life bigger, not smaller. Because other people, all of us unlettered, unschooled said would you look at that. Look at that. May not be able to run across the ring any more, may not be able to dodge everybody, exhaust everybody any more, and he's bigger than ever because he is a free man of faith sharing the gifts we all have. We should honor him by letting our gifts go among the world as he did. God bless you, my friend, go in peace.
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CBS POOL FTG MUHAMMAD ALI MEMORIAL SERVICEH/T JAKE INGRASSIA, PAOLA CONTARDO AND SUNNY CHOO WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 15;10:47 Bill Clinton walks in 15;11;45 -- service starts 15;11;49 >> All praises due to the lord god of the world. Now please be seated, ladies and gentlemen. In accordance with Muslim tradition, and consistent with the wishes of Muhammad Ali, may god have mercy on him. We begin this program with a brief recitation from the Koran, the scripture of the muslims. A young Imam of the midtown mosque in Memphis, Tennessee, where he's spearheading a neighborhood renewal effort in one of the most blighted neighborhood in Memphis and that effort is centered around the mosque, one of the few African-American graduates of the university. He will share with us a few verses from the Koran. 15;12;50 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Hamza Abdul Malik. [ Applause ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;13;12 [ Speaking foreign language ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;17;10 (shot of Ali's wife) >> Now with the translation of those verses we would like to bring to the stage the second generation daughter of Syrian immigrants. She's an excellent student. In her spare time, in recent years, she raises money to provide medical supplies, surgical instruments and other forms of medical assistance for Syrian refugees fleeing from the horror of the current conflict in that land and we pray that almighty god brings it to a succession soon. 15;18;00 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Ia Kutma. [ Applause ] 15;18;14 >> In the name of god, the most gracious, the most merciful, truly those who say our lord is god and our upright the angels will descend upon them saying, have neither fear nor sadness, but rather, rejoice in this paradise that you have been promised. We are your allies in this lower life in the hereafter. Where you will have your heart's desire and you will have whatever you ask for. Hospitably from the one most forgiving, most merciful. Who is more beautiful in speech than the one who invites to god and does righteous works saying, truly, I am submitted to god? For good and evil are not equal. 15;19;13 Repel ugliness with beauty and behold the one between you and whom there was enmity is transformed into a warm friend. But no one arrives at the station without great patience and immense fortune. Through prostration, chapter 41 verses 30 to 35. Thank you. [Applause] 15;19;45 (shot of Ali's daughter) >> I forgot to mention that she is a louisvillean, a proud resident of this city. [Applause] 15:20 15;20;05 >> Oh, god, miss this day of ours, you are our protector. What an excellent protector, an excellent helper. Honorable president Bill William J. Clinton, distinguished guests, viewing audience, on behalf of the Ali family, and the city of Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the people's champ. [Applause] 15;20;50 >> Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. [Chanting] Ali, Ali. 15;21;00 >> We're dealing with time here, folks. Louisville, Kentucky, admirably led by mayor Greg fisher, I would like to welcome you. Give it up for the mayor. [Applause] >> I would like to welcome you to this memorial service for the people's champ, Muhammad Ali. And this time, we would like to introduce our first speaker. Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby. [Applause] 15;21;50 >> Were it not for time, since Cosby rhymes with Ali, we would we would say, Cosby, Cosby, but time doesn't permit. Reverend Cosby is senior pastor of St. Steven church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due greatly to his dynamic bible teachings his congregation has grown over the long years of his ministry. Reverend Cosby combines passion, wit, and intellect as the foundation of the inspirational ministry that is transformed the lives of thousands of individuals. Reverend Cosby. [Applause] 15;22;39 >> Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby: Thank you. I looked into the dictionary for the word, fidelity. And it had two words. Lonnie Ali. [Applause] 15;22;57 >> In 1967, nine months prior to his assassination and martyrdom, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. Was interviewed by merv griffin on "The merv griffin show". Merv griffin asked Dr. King a relevant question. He said, Dr. King, what has been the greatest affect and impact that the civil rights struggle has had on the Negro? Dr. King paused and said, besides the dismantling of barriers that prohibited the Negro from free access, the greatest and most profound effect that the civil rights struggle had was that it infused in the Negro something that the anything Negro needed all along. 15:24:07 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;24;00 And that was a sense of somebodiness. You will never be able to appreciate what Dr. King meant when he said, the negro needed a sense of somebodiness until you understand the 350 years of nobodiness that was infused into the psyche of people of color. Every sacred document in our history, every hallowed institution, conspired to convince the African in America that when god made the African, that god was guilty of creative malfeasance. 15;24;55 All of the documents from the constitution said to the Negro, that you're nobody. The constitution said that we were three-fifths of a person. Decisions by the supreme court, like the dred Scott decision, said to the Negro, to the African, you had no rights that whites were bound to respect. And even Francis Scott key, in his writing of "The star spangled banner" we sang, verse one, but in verse three he celebrates slavery by saying, no refuge can save the harrowing enslaved from the sorrow of night or the death of the grave. Every institution from religion to entertainment, from Amos and Andy to Jane and tarzan, infused in the psyche of the Negro, that he was inferior. 15;26;06 But something happened to the depression generation and the World War II generation of African-Americans. Jackie Robinson picked up his bat and hit a ball and the Brooklyn dodgers win the pennant. Joe Louis dismantles the pride of Aryan supremacy by knocking out max melling in 124 seconds. Jesse Lewis runs at ambulatory speed and wins four gold medals. Rosa parks sits on a bus in 1955 and a young seminary student from Boston university stands up and takes the complex ideas of _____ and dips it chocolate so big mama can understand it. 15;27;02 And then from Louisville. [Cheering] -- Emerged the civil-tongued poet who took the ethos of somebodiness to unheard of heights. Before James brown said, I'm black and I'm proud. Muhammad Ali said I'm black and I'm pretty. [Laughter] 15:27:38 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;27;44 >> Black and pretty was an oxymoron. Blacks did not say pretty. The first black millionaire in this country was not Oprah but madam C.J. Walker who made products in order to help black people escape their Africanity. But Muhammad Ali said I'm proud. I'm pretty. I'm glad of who I am. And when he said that, that infused in Africans a sense of somebodiness. 15;28;25 To extrapolate Muhammad Ali from the times in which he lives is called historic presentism. It is to talk about George Washington and not talk about the American revolution to talk about Abraham Lincoln and not talk about the civil war. It's to talk about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and not talk about the depression and World War II. Our brother, Muhammad Ali, was a product of a difficult time. And he dared to love black people. 15;29;05 At a time when black people had a problem loving themselves. [Applause] He dared. He dared to affirm the beauty of blackness. He dared to affirm the power and the capacity of African-Americans. He dared to love America's most unloved race. And he loved us all, and we loved him because he -- we knew he loved us. He loved us all. Whether you lived in the suburbs or whether you lived in the slums. Whether you lived on the avenue or whether you lived in an alley. Whether you came from the penthouse or whether you lived in the projects. Whether you came from Morehouse or whether you had no house, whether you were high yellow or boot black, Muhammad Ali loved you. Our city is known for two things. It's known for Muhammad Ali, it is known for the Kentucky derby. 15;30;19 We hope you will come back and visit our city. The first Saturday in may, we hope you will place a bet on one of the horses, but if you do, please know the rules. What will happen is the horses start in the starting gate and then the signal will be given think will run in the mud for two minutes. And the winner will then be led to the winner's circle where a right of roses will be placed around the horse's neck. We want you to make a bet but please know the rules. You cannot bet for the horse once it's in the winner's circle. You have to bet for the horse while it's still in the mud. [Applause] 15;31;09 And there are lot of people, a lot of people who will bet and have bet on Muhammad Ali when he was in the winner's circle. But the masses bet on him while he was still in the mud. [Applause] Kareem abdul-jabbar stood with him when he was in the mud, Jim brown stood with him when he was in the mud. Bill Russell stood with him when he was in the mud. Howard cosell stood with him when he was in the mud. 15:31:24 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;31;51 Please don't mishear me. I am not saying that Muhammad Ali is the property of black people. He is the property of all people. [Applause] But while he is the property of all people, let us never forget that he is the product of black people in their struggle to be free. [Applause] I went looking for Jesus on a poor west-end street, looking that I would find him as he walked around with men and women with stumbling feet. People who had their heads bowed low because they were broke and had nowhere to go. But then I went looking for Jesus, way in the sky. Thinking he would wear a robe that would dazzle my eye. When suddenly, Jesus came walking by with stumbling feet because he had been hanging with the poor on a west-end street. [Applause] 15:33:06 (shot of Ali's wife and family) 15;33;10 The Muhammad Ali of my childhood had a shuffle but as he grew older he walked with shuffling feet. And I will submit to you he walked with shuffling feet not because of Parkinson's disease but he walked with shuffling feet because he hanged out with the folk in west Louisville who had shuffling feet. Peace and god bless you. [Applause] 15;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife applauding and family standing up) 15;34;00 >> Yes, yes, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Don't give a teenager a telephone and don't give a preacher a microphone. [ laughter ] 15:34:15 (shot of Ali's wife) >> We'd like to bring Senator Orrin Hatch to the stage, now in this seventh term as Utah's senator, one of Utah's senators, he is the most senior Republican in the senate, author of some of the most far-reaching legislation in recent decades. Senator hatch is a seasoned and distinguished public servant. We're deeply honored by his presence today. [Applause] 15;35;00 >>Senator Orrin Hatch: Reverend, that was really good. It's hard for this poor old senator to have to follow that is all I can say. Well, the head of the first fight was Sonny Liston, and Muhammad Ali stood before a crowded pack of reporters and told the world unapologetically who he was. I'm the greatest. That's what he said. But this simple proclamation all took the history and -- Ali took the history and wrote his own title in the textbooks. He was not Muhammad Ali, the prize fighter. Or even the world champion. He was Muhammad all the greatest. His daughters dismissed this as bragging but Ali wasn't talking trash. He was speaking truth. And he was in the world of boxing, he truly was the greatest. [Applause] 15;36;13 (tight shot of ali's wife) 15;36;18 >> With the cut-throat quickness of a street fighter, and the simple grace of a ballerina, Ali moved with the killings like agility and punched with herculean strength. But to assume that Ali's greatness stems solely from his athletic prowess is to see half the man. Ali was great not only as an extraordinary fighter. He was a committed civil rights leader, an international diplomat, a forceful advocate of religious freedom, and effective emissary of Islam. He was something. He was caring as a father, a husband, a brother, and a friend. Indeed, it is as a personal friend that it witness Ali's greatness for myself.I first met Muhammad Ali 28 years ago. Almost to the day, to this day. 15:37:09 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 15;37;21 I was in my senate office and an assistant said you have a visitor, and I was really surprised that it was none other than the champion himself. The friendship we developed was puzzling to many people, especially to those who saw only our differences. I might say that where others saw a difference, Ali and I saw kinship. We were both dedicated to our families. And deeply devoted to our faiths. He took Islam, and I to the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. We were both products of humble backgrounds and hard scrabble youth. Ali grew up poor here in Louisville and I grew up poor in Pittsburgh. True, we were different in some ways but our differences fortified our friendship. 15;38;26 They did not define it. I saw greatness in Ali's ability to look beyond the horizon and our differences. To find common ground. This shared sensibility was the foundation of a rich and meaningful relationship that I will forever treasure. One of my fondest memories of our friendship when Ali joined news the Salt Lake -- going to listen to the Salt Lake Mormon tabernacle choir. I have to say, it was the same Mormon tabernacle choir -- Ali loved music, and he enjoyed the choir's performance, but he seemed most excited to share his own religious beliefs with those who came to hear the Christian hymns. Ali attracted big crowds that day, and as he always did, and he gave everyone autographed pamphlets explaining his Muslim beliefs. 15;39;31 Hundreds of mormons lined up to grab the pamphlets, and of course I took one for myself. I respected his deeply held convictions just as he respected mine. In our relationship it was anchored by our different faiths. Ali was open to goodness. In all of its diverse realities and varieties. On another occasion, I took Ali to primary children's hospital in Salt Lake City. We visited with downtrodden children who perhaps had never smiled a day in their lifetime. Until Ali showed up. Ali held those kids and looked into their eyes. They would grin from ear to ear. These are kids that never smiled. They were so pained. The nurses were astounded. Never before had they seen someone who had connected so immediately and profoundly with these sick children. 15;40;35 Ali had a special way with kids as we all know. He may have been a tough and tenacious man in the ring, but he was a compassionate and tender around those that he loved. 15:40:48 (shot of Ali's wife) Through all of his ferocity as a fighter, Ali was also a peacemaker, a particular radio host in Utah berated me constantly on the air waves. Week after week. One day the host asked if I were arrange for Ali to meet Utah's former middleweight champion, James Fulmer, for a joint interview. Ali agreed. Knowing that the appearance could help me build some good will, but he also was very interested in meeting James(?) as well. It was an unforgettable experience. Here were two champions, face-to-face, reminiscing about some of the best fights the world has ever seen, and I have to say, in the process, Ali claimed that radio host -- well, he charmed the radio host so much on my behalf, gently transforming an unrepentant antagonist into a respectful starring partner. 15;41;52 So dedicated was Ali to our friendship, that he joined me on the campaign trail during several election cycles. He came to Utah year after year to raise funds for a charity benefiting needy women, women in jeopardy, and families in our state. Ali didn't look at life through the binary lens of Republican and Democrat. So common today. He saw worthy causes and shared humanity. And always willingness to put principles ahead of partisanship, he showed us all the path to greatness. And I'll never forget that greatness. Nor will I ever forget him. [Applause] 15;42;47 There there were many faces to Ali's greatness. His abilities as a boxer, his charisma as a public figure, his benevolence as a father and as a friend. All of these made Ali great. But there was something else that made him the greatest. Ali was the greatest because, as a debilitated and unbroken champion for later years he put is to a greatness beyond ourselves, greatness beyond even Ali. He pointed us to the greatness of god. [Applause] 15;43;35 God raised up Ali to be the greatest fighter in the world of all-time. Yet he allowed Ali to wrestle with Parkinson's disease, an inescapable reminder we're all mortal, and that we are all dependent on god's grace. Ali believed this himself. He once told me, god gave me this condition to remind me always that I am human, and that only he is the greatest. [Applause] 15;44;12 Ali was an unsurpassed symbol of our universal dependence on the divine. He was the greatest because he reminded us all who truly is the greatest. God, our creator. I'm eternally grateful for my special bond with this special man, and for my friendship with his beloved wife, who I love dearly. She is one of the great women in this world. [Applause] 15;44;44 (shot of wife) She was dedicated to the very end and I pray that Ali rested peacefully and Ali will rest peacefully the presence of the greatest of all, even our gods. I can bear testimony that I believe in god. I believe that we're here on Earth for a reason. I believe that this Earth life is a time for us to do what is right for god and for our fellow men and women. I don't know that I've ever met anybody who did it any better than my friend, Muhammad Ali. [Applause] >> God bless you. God bless the family. 15;45;37 (shot of wife applauding) 15;45;45 >> Next we would like to welcome Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel to the stage. Father Kriegel has been instrumental -- has been the pastor of St. Patricks parish in Erie, PA. He was ordained in 1970 and named a domestic prebate with the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1991. His wisdom, scholraship and spiritual guidance is a source of solace and guidance for catholics and members of other faith communities far far beyond his Pennsylvania home. Father Kriegel. 15;46;35 >> Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel: Let us pray. Loving eternal god, as we gather today in prayer, we do so with an abiding sense of gratitude. Our gratitude knows no bounds as we thakn you for the gift of this good and gentle man. Muhammed Ali opened our eyes to the evil of racism, to the absurdity of war. He showed us with incredible patience that a debilitating illness need never diminish joy and love in our lives. He chided our consciences, he awakened in us a deeper sense of the need to respect one another, to set aside racial differences. The legendary fighter of all time in reality taught us to heal, rather than to fight. To embrace, rather than to turn away. To include, rather than to exclude. While proclaiming himself to be the greatest, he showed us that his greatness lied in his love and concern for others. Most particularly the marginalized, the suffering, the helpless, the hopeless. You gift of him has enriched us, has made us better people, has created a more gentle world. We dare not return him to you today without expressing our gratitude for the gift of him. Amen. 15;47;50 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;48;22 >> Next we will hear a few brief remarks from Dr. Timothy Gianotti. Dr. Gianotti is a professor of islamic studies at the university of waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is equally at home, busying himself with the affairs of the Muslim community as he is sitting in the library and burrowing through books. A true public intellectual. He is the initial and principal islamic adviser to the Ali family. He has been instrumental in assuring that the last days of Muhammad's life, his burial, his bathing, his shrouding, and his burial today, his funeral and burial today, all were in accordance with the strictures of Muslim law. So now I'd like to bring to you the person I affectionately call, brother, doctor, Imam, Timothy Gianotti. [Applause] 15;49;58 >> Dr. Timothy Gianotti: In the name of god who is the loving nurturer of the creation, and the ever compassionate and ever merciful, I'd like to share a prayer today. This is a prayer adapted from a there divisional prayer of the prophet Muhammad. My god's peace and blessings be upon him. But before I do so I would just like to say to the family, to Lonnie, to everyone here, that serving Muhammad Ali has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. 15;50;50 (shot of Ali's wife) Oh, god, you who are the light of the heavens and the Earth, grant our brother Muhammad a light in his heart. A light in his earthly body, now restored to the Earth. A light in his grave. A light before him as he journeys on to you. A light in all that he has left behind in this world. A light to his right, and the lights to his left. Oh, god, increase him inlight. Grant him light. A light in his deeds in this world and a light in the hereafter. A light in the hearts of those whom he loved. And a light in the eyes of those who loved him. 15;52;05 A light in those whom he knocked down. And a light in those whom he lifted up. A light in his words which echo in our hearts. A light in the lives of all those whom he touched. A light in his children and a light in their mothers. 15:52:40 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) A light in his grandchildren. And a light in his devoted wife, Lonnie. Oh, lord, increase your servants in light. And give him light. And embrace him in light. And fill us all with light .[ Foreign foreign ] 15;53;10 >> You who are the light odd Earth, you who are the most merciful of all those who show mercy. [Applause] 15;53;38 >> Next we'll hear a few words from rabbi Michael Lerner. Rabbi Lerner is the editor of a magazine, as the magazine's name suggests, rabbi Lerner has dedicated his life to working, to heal and repair the world. Rabbi Lerner is never afraid of ruffling a few feathers so we asked him to be nice today. Rabbi Lerner. [Applause] 15;54;23 >>Rabbi Michael Lerner: We'll see about the feathers. [Foreign chanting] >> Master of compassion, god of compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali and send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I come here speaking as representative of American Jews, and to say that American Jews played an important role of solidarity with the African-American struggles in this country, and that we today stand in solidarity with islamic communities in this country and all around the world. [Applause] 15;55;23 We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down a Muslim and blaming muslims for a few people. [Cheers and applause] 15;55;40 (shot of Ali's wife and family standing up and clapping) (shot of Bill Clinton clapping) 15;55;50 We know what it's like to be demeaned. We know what it's like to have some -- a few people who act against the highest visions of our tradition, to then be identified as the value of the entire tradition. And one of the reasons that we in (?) magazine, a magazine of liberal and Progressive jews but also an interfaith magazine, have called upon the United States to stand up to the part of the Israeli government that is suppressing Palestinians, is that we as Jews understand that our commitment is to recognize that god has created everyone in god's image, and that everyone is equally precious. 15;56;33 And that means that Palestinian people as well as all other people on the planet. [Applause] I know the people of Louisville have a special relationship to Muhammad Ali, and I had a personal relationship in the '60s when both of us were indicted by the federal government and before our various stands against the war in Vietnam. I want to say that although he was cheered on as the heavyweight champion of the world, you know the truth is that in all the honor to him, that heavyweight champions of the world come and go, and sports heroes come and go. There was something about Muhammad Ali that was different. 15;57;24 At the key moment when he had that recognition, he used it -- to stand up to an immoral war and say, no, I won't go! [ Applause ] And it's for that reason that tens and millions of Americans who don't particularly care about boxing care about Muhammad Ali because he was a person who was willing to risk a great honor that he got and a great fame that he got to stand up for the beliefs that he had, to think truth to power when the rest of the people around him said, no, no, you're going to lose your championship and it was taken away from him for five years. But he stood up and was willing to take that kind of a risk because of that kind of moral integrity. [ Applause ] 15;58;22 So I want so say, how do we honor Muhammad Ali? The way to honor Muhammad Ali is to be Muhammad Ali today. That means us, everyone here and everyone listening, it's up to us to continue that ability to speak truth to power. We must speak out, refuse to follow the path of conformity to the rules of the game in life. We must refuse to follow the path of conformity. Tell the 1% who own 80% of the wealth of this country that it's time to share that wealth. Tell the politicians who use violence worldwide and then preach nonviolence to the oppressed, that it's time to end their drone warfare and every other form of warfare, to close our bases around the world, bring the troops home, tell those who committed mass incarceration that it's time to create a guaranteed income for everyone in our society. [ Applause ] 15;59;34 Tell judges to let out of prison the many African-Americans swept up by racist police and imprisoned by racist judges. [ Applause ] Many are in prison today for offenses like possessing marijuana that white people get away with all the time! [ Applause ] Tell our elected officials to imprison those who authorize torture and those who ran the big investment companies that caused the economic collapse of 2008. Tell the leaders of Turkey to stop killing the kurds. Tell Israeli prime minister Netanyahu that the way to get security is for Israel is to stop the occupation of the west bank and help create a Palestinian state. [ Applause ] 16;00;37 Tell the next president of the United States that -- tell the next president of the united States that she --- (shot of bill clinton smiling) Tell the next president of the united States that she should seek a constitutional amendment to make all national and state elects funds by congress and the state legislator and all other money be banned, all other money from companies companies and individuals and make it all public funding. 16;01;30 >> Tell her that the way to achieve homeland security is not for us to try new ways of domination, the strategy of domination in the world of the other to get security has been tried for the last ten thousand years and doesn't work. The way to get security is for the United States to become known as the most generous and caring country in the world, not the most powerful. [Applause] 16;02;00 We can start with a global and domestic plan to once and for all ended global and domestic poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, inadequate health care. So, I want to, as chair of the interfaith network of spiritual Progressives -- by the way, spiritual progressives.org come and join us -- I want to affirm our commitment to the well-being of all muslims on the planet as well as the people of all faiths and secular humanists as well. We wish to pay honor to muslims of the world as the continue today the fast of Ramadan, and join with them in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali, a great -- peace be upon him, peace be upon the prophet now ham -- Muhammad and peace on humanity and peace on all of us, amen. [Cheers and applause] 16;03;20 [Chanting] Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. Ali. >> Time, time, time is not on our side. After that speech, I have to edit my initial remarks, honorable first man William J. Clinton. Chief Sidney hill in 2002, Sidney Hill was selected as Tadodaho, or principal spiritual leader of its people a true friend of the earth and beloved to all who know him, he is a leader whose spirituality is coupled with a passionate pursuit of justice. We are honored that he has come here today to share a few words and a few thoughts with us. Chief Hill. [ Applause ] 16;04;44 >>Chief Sidney hill: [ Speaking only in foreign language ] 16;06;16 >>This is chairman Stevens with us, United Nation from our alliance (?) Nation. Translation: he said, my relatives, it is my responsibility to pick up the words for (?) the people of the longhouse. They wish you well. They want you to be at peace of mind. Now this great darkness that has happened to us, you must understand that you who have gathered us here, that his road is straight. Peacefully, he will arrive at his land. [foreign language] Our creator. It is the same as you call him, Allah. 16;07;30 These were the words. He took the family, your relatives and friends of Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali was the leader among men. And a champion of the people. He fought for the people of color, yet he was man of peace and principle. A man of compassion, who used his great gifts for the common good. The spirit has a clear path to the creator. 16;08;27 To the spiritual leader, six nation iroquois confederation. And myself, faithkeeper, turtle clan, under the council of chiefs, have journeyed here today to add our voice to this congregation of world leaders, in honor of his work, and for the right and dignity of people of color and the common man. [Applause] 16;09;15 He was always in support of the indigenous people of this hemisphere in our quest for our inherent land rights, self-determination, identity, and collective right that include the natural world. We know what he was up against. Because we have had 524 years of survival training ourselves. [Applause] 16;09;50 (shot of Ali's wife clapping) In 1978, a congressman from the state of Washington put a bill into congress to terminate our treaties with the United States. An Indian nations walked from California to Washington, DC, in protest. Muhammad Ali marched into Washington, DC with us. [Applause] 16;10;31 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 16;10;38 He was a free, independent spirit. He stood his ground with great courage and conviction. And he paid a price. And this country did, too. And we all did. Values and principles will determine one's destiny. And the principles of a nation will do the same. Poor people do not have many options. You fighters know what I'm talking about. He said that ring was Ali's path to his destiny. He said he would be heavyweight champion of the world, and he was. Three times. This is the fourth time, right here, right now. [Applause] 16;11;55 On his journey in life, he lived and learned the hard way. He brought a light into this world. My world. Our world. And that light will shine a long, long time. [ Applause ] Peace, brother. Peace. And on behalf of my friend Ernie and the indigenous people everywhere, peace. Thank you. [Applause] 16;12;58 >> We introduce chief hill, and his words were translated by Chief Oren Lyons who was born into a traditional indigenous family, and grew up on the native reservations of upstate New York. In 1970 he became the chief and faithkeeper of the turtle clan of the onondaga nation. His scholarship, stewardship and leadership is a source of benefit and great blessing for all who know him. Now he want to introduce Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, Rabbi Rapport is senior rabbi here of the temple here in Louisville where he has been a leader in interfaith work. He has the passion for teaching youth, and in fact it is his work with youth that let him to cross paths with Muhammad Ali. His religious leadership focuses on compassion, care, and working together was all to build a better world. Rabbi Rapport. [Applause] 16;14;24 >>Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport: This is a reading from our memorial prayer on yom kippur. Our day of atonement. Our most sacred day of the year. It was written men decades ago by rabbi Fein, civil rights leader who could never have known when he composed these words he was writing a eulogy for Muhammad Ali. 16;14;49 Birth is a beginning. And death a destination. And life is a journey, from childhood to maturity, and youth to age. From innocence to awareness, and ignorance to knowing. From foolishness to discretion. And then perhaps to wisdom. From weakness to strength, and strength to weakness. And often back again. From health to sickness, and back we pray to health again. From offense to forgiveness. From loneliness to love. From joy to gratitude. And pain to compassion, from grief to understanding. From fear to faith. From defeat to defeat to defeat, until looking backward or ahead we see that victory lies not at some high place along the way, but in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage. 16;15;50 Birth is a beginning. And death, a destination. And life is a journey. The sacred pilgrimage to life everlasting. We say words of prayer and they remain words, until we encounter a person who embodies these words and makes them real. I've said these words many times before. At funerals and memorial services. But never have I felt them come to life and speak of a single shining soul as I do today. Muhammad Ali was the heart of this city. The living, breathing, embodiment of the greatest that we can be. 16;16;33 (shot of Ali's wife) He was our heart, and that heart beats here still. [Applause] 16;16;47 Let me tell you a story you already know. It's one of those stories about Ali being gracious to a stranger that so many of us have told, so many times, and in so many we we sometimes forget the lessons these stories were intended to teach us. It's a story Honna tells about her father towards the end of their book, the soul of the butterfly. Honna's driving her father to a book store on one Sunday to pick up some bibles and korans for a project that he's working on. They pass an elderly man standing by the road with a bible in one hand and his thumb in the air with the other. They offer him a ride. And he thanks them, saying that he is on his way home from church. He only needs to go a few miles down the street where he can pick up a cab. Hanna asked where he lives help doesn't want to trouble them. He has no idea who is sitting in the front seat of the car. 16;17;48 Until Muhammad Ali turns around and says, it's no trouble at all. We're just on our way to a bookstore to by some bibles and korans. Once the man gets over meeting the greatest of all-time, he insists that he has three bibles in his house, and he would be pleased to give them to Ali in appreciation for the ride. Ali thanks him but says, he wants to pay for the bibles. The man says, no, the bibles were meant as a gift. Ali asked him what he does for a living. And it turns out the man had a stroke and has been forced into retirement. Ali then tries to hand him a big pile of money for the bibles. But the man refuses and this is where things get interesting. 16;18;37 Ali says, take the money, man, I'm trying to get into heaven.(laughter) 16;18;44 (shot of Ali's wife) And the man replied. So am I. Ali is not taking no for an answer. He says, if you don't take the money I might not get in. And the man replies, if I do take your money I might not get in. They arrive at his home, and the map invites him tomeet his wife of 30 years. He gives Ali the bibles. Ali slips the money under a napkin on the kitchen table. They're about to leave and Hannah gives the man her phone number and tells him to call him -- to call her if her needs a ride home from church again. Sitting in the car, Ali turns to his daughter and asks. Would you really go out of your way and pick him up and drive him home? And she says, yes. And with tears in his eyes, he says, that's me in you. [Applause] 16;19;52 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) 16;20;04 He says, you're on the road to heaven. Therein lies ally's greatness his ability to see something greater and his ability to inspire others to see such greatness' within themselves. There will never be another greatest like Muhammad Ali. But we together can now embody a measure of his kindness, and his compassion. We can say each of us in our hearts there's a little bit of Ali in me. [Applause] This week, we have mourned the loss and celebrated the life of a Louisville legend and a citizen of the world. And of all the words and all the ways, the most powerful moments have always been made in the voices of young people, repeated in prayer services, and chanted in the streets. I am Ali. I am Ali. I am not the fighter that Ali was. And I may not have the courage which he never lacked. And I am definitely not as pretty. (laughter) But in my heart, and in my hope, and in my prayers I am Muhammad Ali. [Applause] 16;21;36 >> When he say that in our hearts, when we live that in our lives, then we together can build a legacy worthy of the greatest of all-time. So say that now with me. In your heart, and in this room, I am Ali. I am Ali. [Applause] >> You know, one of the amazing things that we've witnessed during our time here in Louisville has been just so many stories of common, ordinary people. There's folks on the street, working in the hotels, the restaurants, virtually everyone has a story concerning how Muhammad Ali touched their lives. He came to my fourth grade class. He helped me out in this or that way. He came to visit me when I was sick. Just on and on and on. And collectively, those experiences, they become sinner ginnic, they become greater than the individual parts. And when we rose through the streets of the city today, I've witnessed something I've never, ever witnessed in my life. [ Applause ] 16;23;10 And I don't think I will ever witness again. I witnessed the power. In our muslim tradition we call it (foreign language) it might be loosely translated as sainthood, I witnessed the power of sainthood. [ applause] Venerable Utsumi is a member of the (foreign language) a Japanese Buddhist order dedicated to working for world peace through the practice of walking peace pilgrimages anti-nuclear weapon pilgrimages and the construction of peace pagodas all over the globe, he will be joined onstage by Sister Denise another member of the order and together they will share a traditional chant with us. 16;24;40 [Buddhist chants] 16:28:25 [Buddhist chants] 16;29;20 Now we will listen to a reading by , Ambassador Shabazz. Ambassador Shabazz is the oldest of six daughters born to el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (?) and Doctor Betty Shabazz. [applause] She probably shares that she is inspired by her parents, their parents, and those before them through the descending generations. The former prime minister of Belize recognized her as a key Ambassador in international cultural affairs and project development and in 2002 appointed her as ambassador at large, powerful and elegant we invite Ambassador Shabazz to read and share and inspire us. [ Applause ] 16:30;44 >>Ambassador Shabazz: Assalamu alaikum. May peace be upon us. All of us. As this is a homegoing celebration I find myself balanced between that of celebration and depletion, loss, that somehow or another, my breathing capacity has been weakened this past week so I ask all of you gathered and afar to please muster up and transmit a bit of your air to me in the memory of Muhammad Ali, thank you all. [ Speaking in foreign language ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SEVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 16;31;44 And more as the globe centers at this very moment amidst the holy month of Ramadan where every two hours there's a time zone praying, and including Muhammad Ali and his family in your thoughts. Amidst that are the prayers of all faiths, all those touched, even those that don't claim a religion are feeling something right now in honor of the family and the memory of their father, husband. In the spirit of my parents, Malcolm X Shabazz and Dr. Shabazz, in the presence of my five younger sisters, our children and our grandchildren I would like to first honor his beloved wife, my sister, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] 16;32;53 (shot of Ali's wife) 16;32;59 For all the strengths that you know and that resonate beyond. Sometimes you do need a little help no matter how magnificent you are and indeed those that were with him, that loved him, his family members sustain that. His nine children, and I will name them, Maryam, rasheda, Muhammad Jr., Hana, Laila, asaad, Miya, khaliah as well as thier mothers, and the third generation of grandchildren who accompany them. [ Applause ] 16;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife) To his only brother, to his extraordinary example of a best friend, Howard Bingham and to his sister-in-law Marilyn. For all the grief that I am depleted by and others are feeling by his transition, there is none comparable to yours and I know that. On this day and those to come, as you live your waking days with a life without him here presently, very different. 16;34;37 (shot of Ali's wife) Photos, memories, all the things that we have on him that keep him going. He touched you differently and that has to be honored and recognized, never forsaken. [ Applause ] Just know that when you are the descendent of and in the presence of someone whose life was filled with principle, that the seed is in you so that you have to cultivate that responsibly as well. [ Applause ] This moment is very meaningful for me to have been amongst those chosen and blessed by Muhammad himself and affirmed by his wife Lonnie to take part by sharing a prose and a statement during this homegoing ceremony. While he and I had a treasured relationship, the genesis of his love was through the love for my father. Muhammad Ali was the last of a fraternity of amazing men bequeathed to me directly by my dad. 16;35;57 Somewhere between me turning 18, 19 or 20, they all seemed to find me somehow guided by an oath of a promise to my dad long after him leaving this Earth to search for me, and they did. Each one remaining in my life until joining the rest of the heavens beloved summit of fearless humanitarians. This included Muhammad Ali whom my dad loved as a little brother, 16 years his junior and his entrusted friend. There was a double-take when I came upon him, a once childhood per child and now looking right into his face, and you know how he is. He gives you that little dare like, is that you? [ imitates ] From the very moment we found one another, it was as if no time has passed as all despite all of the presumptions of division, despite all of the efforts at separation, despite all of the organized distancing. We dove right into all of the unrequited yet stated and duly acknowledged spaces we could explore and uncover privately. 16;37;18 We cried out loud. His belt, his grief for having not spoken to my dad before he left and then just as loudly we'd laugh about the best of stories, and some that can't be repeated. He was really funny. What was significant as brothers for my father and Ali was their ability to discuss openly anything, all facets of life, namely, the true meaning, as men with great responsibilities be bestowed to them of how to make an equitable difference in the lives of others. A unifying topic was faith and ecumenical faith, respect for faith, all faiths, even if belonging to one specific religion or none, the root of such being the gift of faith itself so in his own words he wrote, "We all have the same God. We just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans, all have different names but they all contain water. So do religions have different names and yet they all contain truth. Truth expressed in different ways and forms and times. It doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew. When you believe in god, you should believe all people are part of one family. [ Applause ] 16;39;11 For if you love god, you can't love only some of his children. [ Applause ] His words and certainly ideals shared by both men, love is a mighty thing, devotion is a mighty thing and truth always reigns. Having Muhammad Ali in my life somehow sustained my dad's breath for me a little while longer. 51 years longer until now. (WEEPING) [Applause] I am forever grateful at our union on this Earth together allowed for me a continuum of shared understanding, preserved confidentialities and the comfort of living in his home town of Louisville Kentucky for the past six years. [ Applause ] 16;40;26 That was not a plan. And mostly for the gift of knowing and loving his wife and children forever forward as my own family, know that. As the last of the paternity reaches the heavens, my heart is rendered ever longingly for that tribe. The tribe of purpose, the tribe of significance, tribe of confidence, tribe of character, tribe of duty, tribe of faith, tribe of service. We must make sure that the principle of men and women, like Muhammad Ali and others, whom dedicated their very being to assure that you get to recognize your own glory, is sustained and passed on like that olympic torch. My dad would offer in state when concluding or parting from another, may we meet again in the light of understanding and I say to you with the light of that compass by any means necessary. 16;42;09 >> Ladies and gentlemen, representing the president of the United States and Mrs. Obama, miss Valerie Jarrett. [ Applause ] 16;42;24 >>Valerie Jarrett: Good afternoon. On behalf of president Obama and Mrs. Obama, I wish to express to you their deepest regret that they couldn't be with us here today as we celebrate the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali. I first met Muhammad Ali over 45 years ago through his friendship with my uncle Jean and he, my uncle, would be so touched that his son gene is a pallbearer here today. Thank you, Lonnie. Because of my family connection, the president and first lady asked me if I would read this tribute to you, penned by president Obama. 16;43;15 It was 1980, an epic career was in its twilight. Everybody knew it. Probably including the champ himself. Ali went into one of his final fights an underdog. All of the smart money was on the new champ, Larry Holmes. And in the end, the oddsmakers were right. A few hours later, at 4 A.M., after the loss, after the fans had gone home and the sports writers were writing their final take, a sports writer asked a restroom attendant if he had bet on the fight. The man, black and getting on in years, said he had put his money on Ali. 16;44;05 The writer asked why. Why, the man said? Why? Because he's Muhammad Ali. That's why. He said, mister, I'm 72 years old and I owe the man for giving me my dignity. [ Applause ] To Lonnie and the Ali family, president Clinton and an arena full of distinguished guests, you are amazing. The man we celebrate today is not just a boxer or a poet or an agitator or a man of peace, not just a Muslim or a black man or a Louisville kid. He wasn't even just the greatest of all time. He was Muhammad Ali.The whole far greater than the sum of its parts. He was bigger, brighter and more original and influential than just about anyone of his era. [ Applause ] 16;45;30 You couldn't have made him up and, yes, he was pretty, too. He had fans in every city, every village, every ghetto on the planet. He was fettered by foreign heads of state, the beatles, British invasion took a detour to come to him. It seemed sometimes that the champ was simply too big for America. But I actually think that the world flocked to him in wonder precisely because, as he once put it, Muhammad Ali was America! Brash, defiant, pioneering, joyful, never tired, always game to test the odds. He was our most basic freedoms, religion, speech, spirit. 16;46;31 He embodied our ability to invent ourselves. His life spoke to our original sin of slavery and discrimination and the journey he traveled helped to shock our consciousness and lead us on a roundabout path towards salvation. And like America, he was always very much a work in progress. We do him a disservice to gauze up his story to sand down his rough edges to talk only of floating like butterflies and stinging like bees. Ali was a radical even in a radical of times. A loud and proud and unabashedly black voice in a Jim crow world. [ Applause ] 16;47;24 His jabs knocked some sense into us, yes, they did. Pushing us to expand our imagination and bring others into our understanding. Now, there were times when he swung a bit wildly. That's right. Wound up and accidently may have wronged the wrong opponent as he was the first to admit. But through all his triumphs and failures, Ali seemed to have achieved the sort of enlightenment and inner peace that we are all striving towards. In the '60s when other young men his age were leaving the country to avoid war or jail, he was asked why he didn't join them. He got angry. He said he'd never leave. His people, in his words, are here, the millions struggling for freedom and justice and equality and I could do a lot of help in jail or not right here in America. [ Applause ] 16;48;34 He'd have everything stripped from him, his titles, his standing, his money, his passion. Very nearly his freedom. But Ali still chose America. I imagine he knew that only here in this country could he win it all back. So he chose to help perfect a union where a descendent of slaves can become the king of the world. And in the process, in the process, lend some dignity to all of us. Maids, porters, students and elderly bathroom attendant and help inspire a young, mixed kid with a funny name to have the audacity to believe he could be anything, even the president of the United States! [ Applause ] 16;49;35 (shot of Ali's wife) Muhammad Ali was America. Muhammad Ali will always be America. What a man. What a spirit. What a joyous mightyful champion. God bless the greatness of Ali. God bless his family. And god bless this nation we love. Thank you very much. 16;50;28 ANNOUNCER VOICE: Ladies and gentlemen, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] >> Ali! Ali! Ali! 16;51;05 LONNIE ALI >> Assalamu alaikum. Peace be upon you. You know, I said something to Matt Lauer yesterday that I firmly believe Muhammad had something to do with all of this and I think we are right. Thank you all for being here to share in this final farewell to Muhammad. On behalf of the Ali family, let me first recognize our principal celebrant Imam _____ and Dr. Timothy Gianotti. We thank you for your dedication to helping us fulfill Muhammad's desire that the ceremonies of this past week reflect the traditions of his islamic faith. And as a family, we thank the millions of people who, through the miracle of social media, inspired by their love of Muhammad have reached out to us with their prayers. The messages have come to us in every language from every corner of the globe. From wherever you are watching, know that we have been humbled by your heartfelt expressions of love. It is only fitting that we gather in a city to which Muhammad always returned after his great triumphs. A city that has grown as Muhammad has grown. [ Applause ] 16;52;37 Muhammad never stopped loving Louisville. And we know that Louisville loves Muhammad. [Applause] We cannot forget a Louisville police officer, Joe Espy(?) Martin, who embraced a young 12-year-old boy in distress when his bicycle was stolen. Joe Martin handed young Cassius Clay -- sorry for tripping up that last word -- Clay, to a future in boxing he could scarcely have imagined. America must never forget that when a cop and an inner city kid talk to each other, then miracles can happen. [ Applause ] 16;53;49 Some years ago during his long struggle with Parkinson's in a meeting that included his closest advisors, Muhammad indicated when the end came for him, he wanted us to use his life and his death as a teaching moment for young people for his country and for the world. In effect, he wanted us to remind people who are suffering that he had seen the face of injustice, that he grew up in a segregation and that during his early life, he was not free to be who he wanted to be. But he never became embittered enough to quit or engage in violence. It was a time when a young black boy his age could be hung from a tree in Mississippi in 1955 whose admitted killers went free. 16;54;50 It was time when Muhammad's friends, people he admired, like Brother Malcolm and Dr. King were gunned down, and Nelson Mandela imprisoned for what they believed in. [ Applause ] For his part, Muhammad faced federal prosecution. He was stripped of his title and his license to box and he was sentenced to prison. But he would not be intimidated so as to abandon his principles and his values. 4:55-Lonnie emotional, almost cries 16;55;29 Muhammad wants young people of every background to see his life as proof that adversity can make you stronger. It cannot rob you of the power to dream and to reach your dreams. We built the Muhammad Ali center and that's the center of the Ali message. [ Applause ] Muhammad wants us to see the face of his religion, true Islam, as the face of love. It was his religion that caused him to turn away from war and violence, for his religion he was prepared to sacrifice all that he had and all that he was to protect his soul and follow the teachings of prophet Muhammad peace be upon you. 16;56;25 So even in death, Muhammad has something to say. He's saying that his faith required that he take the more difficult road. It is far more difficult to sacrifice oneself in the name of peace than to take up arms in pursuit of violence. [ Applause ] You know, all of his life, Muhammad was fascinated by travel. He was child-like in his encounter with new surroundings and new people. He took his world championship fights to the ends of the Earth, from the south pacific to Europe to the Congo. And, of course, with Muhammad, he believed it was his duty to let everyone see him in person because, after all, he was the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The boy from grand avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, grew in wisdom and discovered something new, that the world really wasn't black and white at all. It was filled with many shades of rich colors, languages and religions. As he moved with ease around the world, the rich and powerful were drawn to him but he was drawn to the poor and the forgotten. [ Applause ] 16;57;53 Muhammad fell in love with the masses and they fell in love with him. In the diversity of men and their faiths, Muhammad saw the presence of god. He was captivated by the work of the dalai lama, by mother Teresa and church workers who gave their lives to protect the poor. When his mother died, he arranged for multiple faiths to be represented at her funeral and he wanted the same for himself. We are especially grateful for the presence of the diverse faith leaders here today. And I would like to ask them to stand once more and be recognized. [ Applause ] 16;58;35 Thank you. Thank you very much. You know, as I reflect on the life of my husband, it's easy to see his most obvious talents. His majesty in the ring as he danced under those lights, enshrined him as a champion for the ages. Less obvious was his extraordinary sense of timing. His knack for being in the right place at the right time seemed to be ordained by a higher power. Even those surrounded by Jim Crow, he was born into a family with two parents that nurtured and encouraged him. He was placed on the path of his dreams by a white cop and he had teachers who understood his dreams and wanted him to succeed. The olympic gold medal came and the world started to take notice. A group of successful businessmen in Louisville called the Louisville Sponsoring Group saw his potential, and helped him build a runway to launch his career. His timing was impeccable as he burst into the national stage just as television was hungry for a star to change the faith of sports. 17;00;02 You know, if Muhammad didn't like the rules, he rewrote them. His religion, his name, his beliefs were his to fashion, no matter what the cost. The timing of his actions coincided with a broader shift in cultural attitudes across America, particularly on college campuses. When he challenged the U.S. Government on the draft, his chance of success was slim to none. That the timing of his decision converged with a rising tide of discontent on the war. Public opinion shifted in his direction followed by a unanimous supreme court ruling in a stunning reversal of fortunes. He was free to return to the ring. When he traveled to central Africa to reclaim his title from George Foreman, none of the sports writers thought he could win. In fact, most of them feared for his life. But in what the Africans call the miracle at 4:00 A.M., he became a champion once more. [ Applause ] And as the years passed and those slowed by Parkinson's, Muhammad was compelled by his faith to use his name and his notoriety to support the victims of poverty and strife. He served as a UN messenger of peace and traveled to places like war-torn Afghanistan, he campaigned as an advocate for reducing the debt of third world debt. 17;01;42 He stunned the world when he secured the release of 15 hostages from Iraq. [ applause ] As his voice grew softer, his message took on greater meeting. He came full circle with the people of his country. When he lit a torch that seemed to create new light in the 1996 Olympics. [ Applause ] Muhammad always knew instinctively the road he needed to travel. His friends know what I mean when I say he lived in the moment. He neither dwelled in the past nor harbored anxiety about the future. Muhammad loved to laugh and he loved to play practical jokes on just about everybody. He was sure-footed in his self-awareness, secure in his faith and he did not fear death. Yet, his timing is once again poignant. His passing and his meaning for our time should not be overlooked. As we face uncertainty in a world and divisions at home, as to who we are as a people, Muhammad's life provides useful guidance. 17;02;58 Muhammad was not one to give up on the power of understanding, the boundless possibilities of love and the strength of our diversity. He counted among his friends people of all political persuasions, saw truth in all faith and the nobility of all races as witnessed here today. Muhammad may have challenged his government but he never ran from it or from America. [ Applause ] He loved this country and he understood the hard choices that are born of freedom. I think he saw a nation's soul measured by the soul of its people. For his part, he saw the good soul in everyone and if you were one of the lucky ones to have met him, you know what I meant. He awoke every morning thinking about his own salvation and he would often say, I just want to get to heaven and I've got to do a lot of good deeds to get there. And I think Muhammad's hope is that his life provides some guidance on how we might achieve for all people what we aspire for ourselves and our families. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;04;38 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, Maryam Ali. 17;04;50 MARYAM ALI >> Peace be with you, everyone here, and on behalf of the Ali family, I just want to say thank you to Louisville, Kentucky, all the love you've shown us in our lives has been unbelievable. Also, I want to thank the entire globe. My father was loved all over. The processional today was overwhelming but it was so beautiful. I just want to say we love you just like you love us. Thank you very much. [ Applause ] 17;05;23 As you know, my father loved poetry. He was always rhyming and promoting his fights and he had poems of the heart, spiritual poems and poems to promote and I just wrote a piece for him, in honor of him on behalf of my sisters and brothers and everyone who loved my father. It's called "Thank you our dear father." My heart was sore when your sick spirit soared. Your physical body is no more but my mind tells different tales of all that you taught me, your family and the masses. 17;06;02 Most importantly, the belief in god who created humanity to thrive in quality. You fought for a purpose to uphold the principle that we as a people have divine human rights. Staring right into the eyes of oppression, you proclaim your beautiful complexion. Your god-given skills, your independent will and the freedom of your faith. As your daughter, I am grateful for all of our conversations about men, women and relationships. Guiding me to first have a loving relationship with self, refusing anyone to chip away at my esteem and expect the respect of a queen. [ Applause ] Thank you, our dear father, for asking us to think about our purpose and showing us the beauty of service to others. We marvel that your sincere love for people as you treated all who approached you with dignity. Whether they were rich or poor, your kindness was unconditional. Never perceiving anyone as beneath you. 17;07;25 So many have shared personal stories about what you have meant to them as you have exemplified values and qualities that have enhanced their lives. If I had every dollar for every story, I could pay for the sky. Your family is so proud of the legacy you left behind. But I hope that the history of you can help turn the tide of self-hate and violence, because we are overwhelmed with moments of silence for tragic deaths. Here on the soil, American soil, in the Middle East or anywhere else in this world, we crave for peace. That peace that you rest in now. We will forever cherish the 74 years you graced this Earth. You will be greatly missed. But now we send you off in celebration, a blown kiss and prayers. As you enter your final round. God's last boxing bell will sound in heaven. I love you, we all love you. Thank you very much. 17;09;02 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Rasheda Ali Walsh. 17;09;20 RASHEDA ALI >> I'm, we are so honored that you have packed this room with your love. Thank you all. Thank you so much for being here today. To celebrate our father. You are the greatest father to us. And it was God's will to take you home. Your family will try our best to make you proud, and carry on your legacy of giving and love. You have inspired us in the world to be the best version of ourselves. May you live in paradise, free from suffering. You shook up the world in life. Now you're shaking up the world in death. 17;10;23 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) Daddy is looking at us now, right and saying, I told you I was the greatest! No one compares to you, daddy. You once said I know where I'm going. And I know the truth. And I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be who I am. Now you are free to be with your creator. We love you so much, daddy. Until we meet again, fly, butterfly, fly. [ Applause ] 17;11;45 ALI DINICOLA Hello. My name is Ali DiNicola. I was born on Muhammad Ali's birthday, I was named after him. He used to call me the little greatest. We can all learn from Muhammad's example of kindness and understanding. When Muhammad was asked how he would like to be remembered, he said I like to, I like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness, he took one court of laughter, one pinch of concern and then he mixed willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith and he stirred it up well. He spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met. Thank you. 17;12;56 ANNOUNCER>>> Ladies and gentlemen, Natasha boncouer. Natasha boncouer: Before I begin, I would just like to say that I'm truly humbled and honored to be here. And I would like to thank the Muhammad Ali center and the Ali family for giving me the opportunity to speak. And to echo the voice that Muhammad has given me. So let me tell you a story about a man. A man who refused to believe that reality was limitation to achieve the impossible. A man who once reached up through the pages of a textbook and touched the heart of an 8-year-old girl. Whose reflection of herself mirrored those who cannot see past the color of her skin. But instead of drawing on that pain from the distorted reality, she found strength. Just as this man did when he stood tall in the face of pelting rain and shouted -- I am the disturbance in the sea of your complacency. And I will never stop shaking your waves. 17;14;30 And his voice echoed through hers. Through mine. And she picked up the rocks that were thrown at her and she threw them back with a voice so powerful that it turned all the pain that she had faced in her life into strength. And tenacity. And now that 8-year-old girl stands before you, to tell you that Ali's cry still shakes these waves today. 17;15;11 (shot of Ali's wife) That we are to find strength in our identities. Whether we are black or white or Asian or hispanic. Lgbt, disabled or able-bodied. Muslim, jewish, hindu or Christian. His cry represents those who have not been heard, and invalidates the idea that we are to be confirmed to one normative standard. That is what it means to defeat the impossible. Because impossible is not a fact, impossible is an opinion. Impossible is nothing! [ Applause ] 17;16;15 When I look into this crowd I smile. I smile to recognize that he is not really gone. He lives in you and he lives in me. And he lives in every person that he has touched in every corner of this world. (shot of Ali's wife) Reality was never a limitation for Ali. For us, just as every punch his opponents threw, impossible is never enough to knock us down. Because we are Ali. We are greater than the rocks or the punches that we throw at each other. We have the ability to empower and inspire and to connect and to unify and that will live on forever. So let me tell you a story about a man. His name is Muhammed Ali. He is the greatest of all time. He is from Louisville, Kentucky and he lives in each and every one of us. (shot of Ali's wife) And his story is far from over. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife applauding) 17;18;26 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, John Ramsey. 17;18;35 John Ramsey First of all, on behalf of my fellow Louisvillians to the Ali family, we offer our condolences our heartfelt prayers and for Lonnie Ali a very special prayer. We know that Muhammad was blessed with many gifts but none more precious than Lonnie Ali and we thank you so much. (shot of Ali's wife) You know, I've got to tell you, Louisville, when I was in the procession today and saw the tens and thousands of people and all of the warmth and the love and the respect that was shown for Muhammad, I've got to tell you, my heart swelled with pride. I know he was watching from above and I know he absolutely loved it. He-- I don't think he'd be surprised. I think Muhammad would say, Louisville, Kentucky, the greatest city of all times. I'm feeling good. Man. I tell you what, how can we lose with the stuff we use? [ laughter] I'm feeling so good, I think I'm going to make a comeback and change my name back to Walnut street. That's how good I feel. [ laughter ] 17;19;46 You know, for me, I always felt connected to Muhammad even before I had met him. You know, maybe it was the fact that I was a Louisville boy. Maybe it's the fact that I loved the Louisville Cardinals, like Muhammad. You know, but as our relationship evolved, I found that a lot of people felt this personal connection with Muhammad. And that's part of the Ali magic. You know, initially, for a lot of men my age and certainly myself, it was the athlete that I was attracted to. I mean, that kind of size, that kind of speed, agility, that grace not only made him the heavyweight champion of the world three times but it made him "Sports illustrated" sportsman of the century, the A.P. Athlete of the century and certainly made him the athlete -- a once in a lifetime athlete. But I would argue that the combination of compassion, kindness, love and the ability to lift us up made him a once in a lifetime person. [ Applause ] 17;20;55 You know, Muhammad was blessed with many gifts, as I said, and he was a wise and faithful steward of those gifts. There's many stories about Muhammad but there is a couple that really to me encapsulate what he was all about. I remember back in 2000, I made a trip to the summer olympics with Muhammad and one day he decided we were going to go see a boxing match and I remember we're ringside, the American wins, 15,000 people are chanting, usa, usa! And I thought, this is my olympic moment. You know, I was filled with patriotic pride. The boxer came down from the ring, he took the obligatory picture with Muhammad, the fist to chin shot, hundreds of photographers from around the world were taking pictures, you know, thousands of people cheering for Muhammad and this victorious fighter. 17;21;47 And then Muhammad leaned down to me whispered in my ear, he said, I want to see the loser. I say, excuse me? I want to see the loser. So, I motioned over to an Olympic official and I said, you know Muhammad wants to see the loser. Can we go to the losing locker room? And we get to the losing locker room and there's not tens of thousands of people, there's not any photographers. There's just a kid in the corner on a stool, he's got a towel around his neck, he's got a bloody mouth under his eye. This has got to be the lowest point of his athletic career at the very least. He felt like he let down his country. He is defeated. And the vibe in that room was literally the lowest of low. But then when Muhammad walks in, this kid recognizes him instantly and in broken English he says Muhammad Ali and Muhammad started dancing he said show me what you've got man, show me, and Mohammad starts throwing out jabs and this kid starts ducking and smiling. Muhammad grabs him in a bear hug. He said, I saw what you did out there, man, you look good. You are moving good, you can be a champion, man. Don't give up. And I remember, it warmed my heart how he took this kid from here to here in an instant. 17;22;58 And -- [ applause ] And I remember, I got in the car and I said to Muhammad, I said, Mohammad try to be a nice guy but I've got to tell you, I was caught up in the moment. I didn't give that losing fighter a second thought. I said mohammad you're the greatest. Muhammad said, tell me something I don't already know. [ laughter ] He -- and -- but what I don't want people to forget, no doubt, to me he's the finest example of a human that I've ever seen. The finest example of a great human being that I've ever seen of the kindness that a human possesses. That was Muhammad Ali, but don't forget about this, man. Muhammad was the coolest cat in the room. I mean, he was good looking, he had charm, he had charisma, he had swagger before he knew that swagger was. I mean, I remember, I went to -- when -- was about 25 years ago, he came to town to visit his mother and he wanted to go to outback steakhouse. I has a friend there, was big Mohammad fan, so we came in and at the time here in Louisville, there was a fireman's convention and all of these guys had their engine numbers on their shirt and sure enough I had seen this thing a million times. Man, these guys line up for an autograph. I said, to Muhammad, I said Muhammad, if you'd like, I'll play the bad guy. You know I tell them to let you eat, and you can sign autographs later. 17;24;25 Muhammad would have none of it. He said, no, I'll sign between bites. He's taking bites of his food and he's signing. This one guy walks up, and you could tell he was a big fan. I mean he knew Muhammad. He was scared to death, he-- all of his adrenaline, he said Champ, he said I saw the stand you made, in the civil rights movement, I saw your stand against the Vietnam war. He said, I've got to tell you, champ, you're my hero. He said, I've got a picture of you at my firehouse. You are my hero. Muhammad instantly he wanted to change the channel. So he said to the guy, he said, you know, you're the real hero jumping in fire, saving lives, saving babies, putting your life on the line, he said, man, you are the real hero. And the fireman responds real quickly. I mean he knew all of the nicknames, he said, man, but you, you fought the bear, sonny Liston. He said, You fought the rabbit, patterson, you fought big George Foreman, you fought smokin Joe Frazier. 17;25;15 And Muhammad interrupted real quick and he goes, yeah, but Joe wasn't really smoking. [ laughter ] And I said, Muhammad that's a good line. He goes, you're right. Write that down. But it wasn't all about signing autographs and kissing babies. If there was a village that needed food in a third-world country, Muhammad was on the plane, will travel with check. If there was a conflict and he could be part of a resolution, again, Muhammad will travel. As Lonnie had mentioned, if there were hostages to be released, Muhammad was a man of action. One of my favorite quotes and I think it's right here in your program, Muhammad said service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth and I just want to say, champ, your rent is paid in full. Your rent is paid in full. [ Applause ] Your rent is paid in full! 17;26;15 (shot of Ali's wife standing up clapping) And you know, in fact, I think he's paid it forward. Because he has taught us to love rather than to hate. To look for commonalities rather than differences. So therefore I think he's really paid it forward for all of us. So, as we all know now, you know, the fight is over but I'm here to tell you, the decision is in and it is unanimous, because of Muhammad Ali, we all win. The world wins. Thank you so much, Muhammad. It is time for a man of peace to rest in peace. And thank you so very much. 17;27;30 BILLY CRYSTAL >> Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We're at the halfway point. I was clean shaven when this started. Dear Lonnie, family, friends, Mr. President, members of the clergy, all of these amazing people here in Louisville, today this outpouring of love and respect proves that 35 years after he stopped fighting, he is still the champion of the world. [ Applause ] Last week, when we heard the news, time stopped. There was no war, there were no terrorists, no global catastrophes. The world stopped, took a deep breath and sighed. Since then, my mind has been racing through my relationship with this amazing man, which is now 42 years that I've known him. Every moment I can think of is cherished. While others can tell you of his accomplishments, he wanted me to speak and tell you of some personal moments we had together. 17;28;52 I met him in 1974. I was just getting started as a stand-up comedian and struggling. But I had one good routine. It was a three-minute conversation between Howard and Muhammad where I would imitate both of them. Muhammad had just defeated George foreman and sports magazine made him the man of the year. A great man, editor for "Sport," was going to host this televised dinner honoring Muhammad. So dick called my agent looking for a comedian who did some sports material. As fate would have it, that comedian was not available and she wisely said -- it's destiny, man. And she wisely said, but listen, I've got this young kid and he does this great imitation and I don't know why, but dick said, okay, I'll try him. I couldn't believe it. My first time on television and it would be with Ali. I ran to the plaza hotel, the event was packed. He said, how should I introduce you? No one knows who you are. And I said, just say I'm one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. And my thought was, I'll get right to the microphone, go into my how word cosell and I'll be fine and I move into the jam ballroom and that's when I saw him for the first time in person. It's very hard to describe how much he meant to me. You had to live in his time. It's great to look at clips and it's amazing that we have them but to live in his time, watching his fights, his experience of the genius of his talent was absolutely extraordinary. Every one of his fights was the aura of a super bowl. He predicted the round that he would knock somebody out and then he would do it. He was funny. He was beautiful. 17;30;57 He was the most perfect athlete you ever saw and those were his own words. But he was so much more than a fighter as time went on, with Bobby Kennedy gone, martin Luther king gone, Malcolm X gone, who was there to relate to when Vietnam exploded in our face? There were millions of young men my age, eligible for the draft for a war that we didn't believe in. And all of us huddled on the conveyor belt that was rapidly feeding the was machine. But it was Ali who stood up for us by standing up for himself. And after he was stripped of the title-- after he was stripped of the title and the right to fight anywhere in the world, he gave speeches at colleges and on television that totally reached me. He seemed as comfortable talking to kings and queens as the lost and unrequited. 17;31;49 He never lost his sense of humor even as he lost everything else, he was always himself, willing to give up everything for what he believed in. And his passionate rhetoric about the life and plight of black people in our country resonated strongly in my house. I grew up in a house that was dedicated to civil rights. My father was a producer of jazz concerts in New York City and was one of the first to integrate bands in the 40s and 50s. Jazz musicians referred to my dad as the branch rickey of Jazz concerts. My uncle and my family, jewish people, produced strange fruit, billie holiday's classic song describing the lynching of African-Americans in this country. And so I felt him, and now there he was just a few feet from me. I couldn't stop looking at him and he seemed to like glow and he was like in slow motion, his amazing face smiling and laughing. 17;32;41 I was seated a few seats from him on the day I said, and in the room all of these athletes in their individual sports, great ones, Gino Marchetti, of the Baltimore Cults, Franco Harries of the Steelers, Archie Griffith who won the Heisman from Ohio state, literally legends, Neil Simon, george plimton, all in a day fawning over Ali who then looked at me [laughter] with an expression that seemed to say what is Joe gray doing here? Mr. Schapp introduced me as one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. Two people clapped. My wife and the agent. I rose, Ali is still staring at me, I passed right behind him, got to the podium, went right into Cocell, hello, everyone, Howard Cocell coming to you live from Zaire. Some people would pronounce it Zaire. They are wrong. It got big laughs and then I went into the Ali. 17;33;49 Everybody's talking about George Foreman, talking about George foreman, george Forman is ugly, he's just so slow. George was slow. I kind of-- and then I got-- and I'm still faster at 33 years of age. I'm so fast I can turn the lights be in my bed before the room gets dark. [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife) I'm announcing tonight that I've got new religious beliefs. From now on I want to be known as Ezzie escowitz (?) I am now an orthodox Jew Izzie Escowitz (?) and I am the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The audience exploded. See, no one had ever done him before and here he was a white kid from Long Island imitating the greatest of all time and he was loving it. When I was done, he gave me this big bear hug and he whispered in my ear, you're my little brother. 17;34;46 Which is what he always called me until the last time that I saw him. We were always there for each other. If he needed me for something, I was there.He came for anything I asked him to do. Most memorable, he was an honorary chairman for a dinner and a very important event where I was being honored by the hebrew university in Jerusalem. He did all of this promotion for it. He came to the dinner. He sat with my family the entire evening. He took photographs with everybody. The most famous Muslim man in the world honoring his jewish friend. And -- [ applause ] 17;35;26 Because he was there, because he was there, we raised a great deal of money and I was able to use it to endow the university in Jerusalem with something that I told to him about and it was something that he loved the theory of. And it thrives to this day. It's called peace through the performing arts. It's a theater group where Israeli, Arab and Palestinian actors, writers and directors all work together in peace creating original works of art. [ Applause ] And that doesn't happen without him. I had so many -- so many funny and unusual moments with him. I sat next to him at Howard Cosell's funeral, a very somber day to be sure. Closed casket was on the stage, Muhammad and I were sitting somewhere over there next to each other. And he quietly whispered to me, little brother, do you think he's wearing his hairpiece? [ Laughter ] 17;36;30 So I said, I don't think so. Well, then how will god recognize him? [ Laughter ] So I said, champ, once he opens his mouth, God will know. So we started laughing. It was a muffled laugh at first but then we couldn't contain ourselves. There we were, at a funeral, me with Muhammad Ali laughing like two little kids who heard something dirty in church, you know, we were just laughing and laughing. And then he looked at me and he said, Howard was a good man. One time he asked me if I would like to run with him one morning. Do road work with him. I said, that would be amazing. I said, where do you run? He said, I run at this country club and I run on the golf course early in the morning, it's very private, nobody bothers me. We'll have a great time. I said, champ, I can't run there. The club has a reputation for being restricted. What does restricted mean? They don't allow Jews there. They don't have any jewish members. He was incensed. 17;37;38 I'm a black Muslim and they let me run there. Little brother, I'm never going to run there again. And he didn't. [ Applause ] My favorite memory was 1979. He had just retired and there was a retirement party at the forum in los Angeles for Muhammad and 20,000 of his closest friends in los Angeles. I performed a piece that I had created, the imitation had grown into a life story. It's called 15 rounds. And I'd play them from the age of 18 until he's 36 ready for the rematch with Leon Spinks. I posted it on the internet last week, footage that nobody had ever seen before, of me portraying Ali doing his life for him all those years ago in 1979. There were 20,000 people there. But I was doing it only for him. That's one of my favorite performances that I have ever done in my life. I sort of got lost in him. I didn't even know where I was at the end of the performance. And suddenly I'm backstage with another heavyweight champion, Richard Pryor and Pryor 's holding on to me crying and then I see Ali coming and he's got a full head of steam, he is looking only at me, nudged Mr. Pryor aside and he whispered in my ear with a big bear hug, little brother, you made my life better than it was. 17;39;10 But didn't he make all of our lives a little bit better than they were? [ Applause ] That -- that, my friends, is my history with the man that I've labored to come up with a way to describe the legend. He was a tremendous bolt of lightning created by mother nature out of thin air, a fantastic combination of power and beauty. We've seen still photographs of lightning bolts at the moment of impact, ferocious in his strength and magnificent in his elegance. And at the moment of impact it lights up everything around it. So you can see everything clearly. Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America's darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm, his power toppled the mightiest of foes and its intense light shone on America and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self-realization, courage, laughter, love, joy, religious freedom for all. 17;40;18 Ali forced us to take a look at ourselves. This young man who thrilled us, angered us, confused and challenged us ultimately became a silent messenger of peace who taught us that life is best when you build bridges between people, not walls. [Applause] (shot of Ali's wife) 17;40;50 My friends, only once in a thousand years or so do we get to hear a mozart or see a Picasso, read a Shakespeare. Ali was one of them and yet at his heart he was still a kid from Louisville who ran with the gods and walked with the crippled and smiled at the foolishness of it all. He is gone but he will never die. He was my big brother. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;41;47 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Bryant Gumbel. 17;41;58 BRYANT GUMBEL >> The great Maya Angelou who was herself no stranger to fame wrote that ultimately people forget what you said and people will forget what you did but that no one will ever forget how you made them feel. That's applied to Muhammad Ali, the march of time may one day diminish his boast and his poetry, maybe even his butterflies and bees. It may even one day dull the memories of the thrilla in Manila and the rumble in the jungle. But I doubt any of us will ever forget how Muhammad Ali made us feel. I'm not talking about how proud he made you feel with his exploits or how special he made you feel when you were privileged enough to be in his company.I'm talking about how he ripped our hearts and our souls and our conscience and made our fights his fights for decades. People like me, who were once young, semi-gifted and black will never forget what he freed within us. Some of us like him took pride in being black, bold and brash. And because we were so unapologetic, we were in the eyes of many, way too uppity. We were way too arrogant. Yet we reveled in being like him. By stretching society's boundaries as he did, he gave us levels of strength and courage we didn't even know we had. But Ali's impact was not limited to those of a certain race or of a certain religion or of a certain mindset. The greatness of this man for the ages was that he was, in fact, a man for all ages. Has any man ever a greater arc to his life? What does it say of a man, any man that he can go from being viewed as one of his country's most polarizing figures to arguably his most beloved. [ Applause ] And to do so without changing his nature or, for a second, compromising his principles. Yeah, you know, there were great pauses and national movements and huge divisions that afforded Ali unusual opportunities to symbolize our struggles. But Harry Truman had it right when he said men make history and not the other way around. Or as Lauren hill so nicely put it, consequence is no coincidence. Befitting his stature as the goat, Muhammad Ali never shied away from a fight. He fought not just the biggest and baddest men of his day inside the ropes but outside the ring he also went toe to toe with critics, outside of societal norms, the U.S. Government. He even fought ultimately to his detriment the limitations of father time. Strictly speaking, fighting is what he did. But he broadened that definition by sharing his struggles with us and by viewing our struggles as his. And so it was that at various times he accepted and led battles on behalf of his race in support of his generation, in defense of his religious beliefs and ultimately in spite of his disease. I happen to have been overseas working in Norway this past week. My buddy Matt called. Told me the champ had been taken to the hospital. This time it was really serious. Right away I called Lonnie who was, as always, a pillar of strength. And as we discussed the medical details, the doctors' views and the ugly realities of mortality, Lonnie said, Bryant, the world still needs him and indeed it does. The world needs a champion who always worked to bridge the economic and social divides that threaten the nation that he dearly loved. The world needs a champion that always symbolized the best of Islam to offset the hatred born of fear. And the world needs a champion who believed in fairness and inclusion for all. Hating people because of their color is wrong, Ali said, and it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong. [ Applause ] Yeah, we do need Muhammad Ali now. We needed strength and the hope, the compassion, the conviction that he always demonstrated. But this time, our beloved champion is down. And for once he will not get up. Not this time. Not ever again. Let me close with a quick personal story. 50 years ago, Muhammad Ali defeated George devalo in Toronto, Canada. The very next day, he showed up in my neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As Ali got out of the car in the driveway at the home, I happened to be next door shooting hoops in a friend's backyard. I, of course, quickly ran to the fence and for the first time in I was 17. I was awe struck. And man, I thought he was the greatest. Now a half century and a lifetime of experiences later, I am still awe struck and I am convinced more than ever that Muhammad Ali is the greatest. [ Applause ] To be standing here by virtue of his and Lonnie's request, is an honor. To be here today as he goes to his grave is a moment I will take to mine. God bless you, champ. [ Applause ] >> Ladies and gentlemen, the 42nd president of the united States, the honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 558P WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 17;51;17 BILL CLINTON >> Thank you. I can just hear Muhammad saying now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. 17;51;51 I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second half of his life greater than the first. Thank you for the Muhammad Ali center and what it has come to represent to so many people. Here's what I'd like to say. I spent a lot of time now as I get older and older and older trying to figure out what makes people tick, how do they turn out the way they are, how do some people refuse to become victims and rise from every defeat. We've all seen the beautiful pictures of the home of Muhammad Ali and people visiting and driving by. I think you decided something I hope every young person here will decide. I think he decided very young to write his own life story. 17;53;39 I think he decided before he could possibly have worked it all out and before fate and time could work their will on him, he decided that he would not be ever disempowered. He decided not his race or his place or expectations of others, positive, negative or otherwise would stop him from writing his own story. He decided first to use these stunning gifts. His strength and speed in the ring, his wit and way with words, and managing the public, and finding out at a fairly young age who he was, what he believed, and how to live with the consequences of acting on what he believed. 17;54;50 A lot of people make it to steps one and two and still just can't quite manage living with the consequences of what he believed. For the longest time in spite of all the wonderful things that have been said here, I remember thinking when I was a kid this guy is so smart and he never got credit for being as smart as he was. And then I don't think he ever got the credit for being, until later, as wise as he was. In the end besides being a lot of fun to be around and basically universal soldier for our common humanity, I will always think of Muhammad as a truly free man of faith. 17;55;50 And being a man of faith he realized he would never be in full control of his life. Something like Parkinson's could come along. But being free, he realized that life still was open to choices. It is choices that Muhammad Ali made that brought us all here today in honor and love. And the only other thing I would like to say, the first part of his life was dominated by the triumph of his truly unique gifts. We should never forget them, we should never stop looking at the movies. Thank Will Smith for making his movie. We should all be thrilled. It was a thing of beauty. But the second part of his life was more important because he refused to be imprisoned by a disease that kept him hamstrung longer than Mandela was kept in prison in South Africa. 17;57;20 That is in the second half of his life, he perfected gifts that we all have, every single solitary one of us have gifts of mind and heart. It is just that he found a way to release them in ways large and small. I asked Lonnie the time when they were still living in Michigan and I gave a speech in southwest Michigan to an economic club there, and sort of a ritual when a president leaves office, and you know, you had to get reacclimated, nobody plays a song when you walk in a room any more, you don't really know what you're supposed to do, and this club, the economic club, they're used to acting like you deserve to be listened to, they have to be reacclimated. So they came to me to this dinner and he sat with me at this dinner. 17;58;26 And he knew, somehow he knew that I was a little off my feet that night. I was trying to imagine how to make this new life and so he told me a really bad joke. And he told it so well and he laughed so hard that I totally got on board and had a great time. He had that feel about, you know, there's no textbook for that, knowing where somebody else is in their head, picking up the body language. Then Lonnie and Muhammad got me to come here when we had the dedication of the Muhammad Ali center, and I was trying to be incredibly gray haired elder states man, dignified, I have to elevate this guy, I am saying all this stuff in high tone, language, and Muhammad sneaks up behind me, puts his fingers up. (shot of wife laughing) 17;58;35 Finally after all the years we had been friends, my endearing image of him is like three shots. The boxer, the man I watched take the last steps to light the olympic flame when I was president, and I'll never forget it, I was sitting there in Atlanta, we knew each other, by then I felt I had some sense of what he was living with, and I was still weeping like a baby, seeing his hands shake, his legs shake, and knowing by god he was going to make those last few steps no matter what it took, the flame would be lit, the fight would be won. I knew it would happen. [ Applause ] 5532 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE FIBER PATH POOL P2 18;00;49 And then this. The children whose lives he touched, the young people he inspired. That's the most important thing of all. So ask you to remember that. We all have an Ali story. It's the gift we all have that should be most honored today because he released them to the world. Never wasting a day the rest of us could see feeling sorry he had Parkinson's, knowing more than three decades of his life would be circumscribed in ways that would be chilling to the naked eye. 18;01;43 But with the free spirit it made his life bigger, not smaller. Because other people, all of us unlettered, unschooled said would you look at that. Look at that. May not be able to run across the ring any more, may not be able to dodge everybody, exhaust everybody any more, and he's bigger than ever because he is a free man of faith sharing the gifts we all have. We should honor him by letting our gifts go among the world as he did. God bless you, my friend, go in peace.
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CBS POOL FTG MUHAMMAD ALI MEMORIAL SERVICEH/T JAKE INGRASSIA, PAOLA CONTARDO AND SUNNY CHOO WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 15;10:47 Bill Clinton walks in 15;11;45 -- service starts 15;11;49 >> All praises due to the lord god of the world. Now please be seated, ladies and gentlemen. In accordance with Muslim tradition, and consistent with the wishes of Muhammad Ali, may god have mercy on him. We begin this program with a brief recitation from the Koran, the scripture of the muslims. A young Imam of the midtown mosque in Memphis, Tennessee, where he's spearheading a neighborhood renewal effort in one of the most blighted neighborhood in Memphis and that effort is centered around the mosque, one of the few African-American graduates of the university. He will share with us a few verses from the Koran. 15;12;50 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Hamza Abdul Malik. [ Applause ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;13;12 [ Speaking foreign language ] [ Speaking foreign language ] 15;17;10 (shot of Ali's wife) >> Now with the translation of those verses we would like to bring to the stage the second generation daughter of Syrian immigrants. She's an excellent student. In her spare time, in recent years, she raises money to provide medical supplies, surgical instruments and other forms of medical assistance for Syrian refugees fleeing from the horror of the current conflict in that land and we pray that almighty god brings it to a succession soon. 15;18;00 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Ia Kutma. [ Applause ] 15;18;14 >> In the name of god, the most gracious, the most merciful, truly those who say our lord is god and our upright the angels will descend upon them saying, have neither fear nor sadness, but rather, rejoice in this paradise that you have been promised. We are your allies in this lower life in the hereafter. Where you will have your heart's desire and you will have whatever you ask for. Hospitably from the one most forgiving, most merciful. Who is more beautiful in speech than the one who invites to god and does righteous works saying, truly, I am submitted to god? For good and evil are not equal. 15;19;13 Repel ugliness with beauty and behold the one between you and whom there was enmity is transformed into a warm friend. But no one arrives at the station without great patience and immense fortune. Through prostration, chapter 41 verses 30 to 35. Thank you. [Applause] 15;19;45 (shot of Ali's daughter) >> I forgot to mention that she is a louisvillean, a proud resident of this city. [Applause] 15:20 15;20;05 >> Oh, god, miss this day of ours, you are our protector. What an excellent protector, an excellent helper. Honorable president Bill William J. Clinton, distinguished guests, viewing audience, on behalf of the Ali family, and the city of Louisville, Kentucky, the home of the people's champ. [Applause] 15;20;50 >> Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. [Chanting] Ali, Ali. 15;21;00 >> We're dealing with time here, folks. Louisville, Kentucky, admirably led by mayor Greg fisher, I would like to welcome you. Give it up for the mayor. [Applause] >> I would like to welcome you to this memorial service for the people's champ, Muhammad Ali. And this time, we would like to introduce our first speaker. Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby. [Applause] 15;21;50 >> Were it not for time, since Cosby rhymes with Ali, we would we would say, Cosby, Cosby, but time doesn't permit. Reverend Cosby is senior pastor of St. Steven church in Louisville, Kentucky. Due greatly to his dynamic bible teachings his congregation has grown over the long years of his ministry. Reverend Cosby combines passion, wit, and intellect as the foundation of the inspirational ministry that is transformed the lives of thousands of individuals. Reverend Cosby. [Applause] 15;22;39 >> Dr. Reverend Kevin W. Cosby: Thank you. I looked into the dictionary for the word, fidelity. And it had two words. Lonnie Ali. [Applause] 15;22;57 >> In 1967, nine months prior to his assassination and martyrdom, Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. Was interviewed by merv griffin on "The merv griffin show". Merv griffin asked Dr. King a relevant question. He said, Dr. King, what has been the greatest affect and impact that the civil rights struggle has had on the Negro? Dr. King paused and said, besides the dismantling of barriers that prohibited the Negro from free access, the greatest and most profound effect that the civil rights struggle had was that it infused in the Negro something that the anything Negro needed all along. 15:24:07 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;24;00 And that was a sense of somebodiness. You will never be able to appreciate what Dr. King meant when he said, the negro needed a sense of somebodiness until you understand the 350 years of nobodiness that was infused into the psyche of people of color. Every sacred document in our history, every hallowed institution, conspired to convince the African in America that when god made the African, that god was guilty of creative malfeasance. 15;24;55 All of the documents from the constitution said to the Negro, that you're nobody. The constitution said that we were three-fifths of a person. Decisions by the supreme court, like the dred Scott decision, said to the Negro, to the African, you had no rights that whites were bound to respect. And even Francis Scott key, in his writing of "The star spangled banner" we sang, verse one, but in verse three he celebrates slavery by saying, no refuge can save the harrowing enslaved from the sorrow of night or the death of the grave. Every institution from religion to entertainment, from Amos and Andy to Jane and tarzan, infused in the psyche of the Negro, that he was inferior. 15;26;06 But something happened to the depression generation and the World War II generation of African-Americans. Jackie Robinson picked up his bat and hit a ball and the Brooklyn dodgers win the pennant. Joe Louis dismantles the pride of Aryan supremacy by knocking out max melling in 124 seconds. Jesse Lewis runs at ambulatory speed and wins four gold medals. Rosa parks sits on a bus in 1955 and a young seminary student from Boston university stands up and takes the complex ideas of _____ and dips it chocolate so big mama can understand it. 15;27;02 And then from Louisville. [Cheering] -- Emerged the civil-tongued poet who took the ethos of somebodiness to unheard of heights. Before James brown said, I'm black and I'm proud. Muhammad Ali said I'm black and I'm pretty. [Laughter] 15:27:38 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;27;44 >> Black and pretty was an oxymoron. Blacks did not say pretty. The first black millionaire in this country was not Oprah but madam C.J. Walker who made products in order to help black people escape their Africanity. But Muhammad Ali said I'm proud. I'm pretty. I'm glad of who I am. And when he said that, that infused in Africans a sense of somebodiness. 15;28;25 To extrapolate Muhammad Ali from the times in which he lives is called historic presentism. It is to talk about George Washington and not talk about the American revolution to talk about Abraham Lincoln and not talk about the civil war. It's to talk about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and not talk about the depression and World War II. Our brother, Muhammad Ali, was a product of a difficult time. And he dared to love black people. 15;29;05 At a time when black people had a problem loving themselves. [Applause] He dared. He dared to affirm the beauty of blackness. He dared to affirm the power and the capacity of African-Americans. He dared to love America's most unloved race. And he loved us all, and we loved him because he -- we knew he loved us. He loved us all. Whether you lived in the suburbs or whether you lived in the slums. Whether you lived on the avenue or whether you lived in an alley. Whether you came from the penthouse or whether you lived in the projects. Whether you came from Morehouse or whether you had no house, whether you were high yellow or boot black, Muhammad Ali loved you. Our city is known for two things. It's known for Muhammad Ali, it is known for the Kentucky derby. 15;30;19 We hope you will come back and visit our city. The first Saturday in may, we hope you will place a bet on one of the horses, but if you do, please know the rules. What will happen is the horses start in the starting gate and then the signal will be given think will run in the mud for two minutes. And the winner will then be led to the winner's circle where a right of roses will be placed around the horse's neck. We want you to make a bet but please know the rules. You cannot bet for the horse once it's in the winner's circle. You have to bet for the horse while it's still in the mud. [Applause] 15;31;09 And there are lot of people, a lot of people who will bet and have bet on Muhammad Ali when he was in the winner's circle. But the masses bet on him while he was still in the mud. [Applause] Kareem abdul-jabbar stood with him when he was in the mud, Jim brown stood with him when he was in the mud. Bill Russell stood with him when he was in the mud. Howard cosell stood with him when he was in the mud. 15:31:24 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;31;51 Please don't mishear me. I am not saying that Muhammad Ali is the property of black people. He is the property of all people. [Applause] But while he is the property of all people, let us never forget that he is the product of black people in their struggle to be free. [Applause] I went looking for Jesus on a poor west-end street, looking that I would find him as he walked around with men and women with stumbling feet. People who had their heads bowed low because they were broke and had nowhere to go. But then I went looking for Jesus, way in the sky. Thinking he would wear a robe that would dazzle my eye. When suddenly, Jesus came walking by with stumbling feet because he had been hanging with the poor on a west-end street. [Applause] 15:33:06 (shot of Ali's wife and family) 15;33;10 The Muhammad Ali of my childhood had a shuffle but as he grew older he walked with shuffling feet. And I will submit to you he walked with shuffling feet not because of Parkinson's disease but he walked with shuffling feet because he hanged out with the folk in west Louisville who had shuffling feet. Peace and god bless you. [Applause] 15;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife applauding and family standing up) 15;34;00 >> Yes, yes, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Don't give a teenager a telephone and don't give a preacher a microphone. [ laughter ] 15:34:15 (shot of Ali's wife) >> We'd like to bring Senator Orrin Hatch to the stage, now in this seventh term as Utah's senator, one of Utah's senators, he is the most senior Republican in the senate, author of some of the most far-reaching legislation in recent decades. Senator hatch is a seasoned and distinguished public servant. We're deeply honored by his presence today. [Applause] 15;35;00 >>Senator Orrin Hatch: Reverend, that was really good. It's hard for this poor old senator to have to follow that is all I can say. Well, the head of the first fight was Sonny Liston, and Muhammad Ali stood before a crowded pack of reporters and told the world unapologetically who he was. I'm the greatest. That's what he said. But this simple proclamation all took the history and -- Ali took the history and wrote his own title in the textbooks. He was not Muhammad Ali, the prize fighter. Or even the world champion. He was Muhammad all the greatest. His daughters dismissed this as bragging but Ali wasn't talking trash. He was speaking truth. And he was in the world of boxing, he truly was the greatest. [Applause] 15;36;13 (tight shot of ali's wife) 15;36;18 >> With the cut-throat quickness of a street fighter, and the simple grace of a ballerina, Ali moved with the killings like agility and punched with herculean strength. But to assume that Ali's greatness stems solely from his athletic prowess is to see half the man. Ali was great not only as an extraordinary fighter. He was a committed civil rights leader, an international diplomat, a forceful advocate of religious freedom, and effective emissary of Islam. He was something. He was caring as a father, a husband, a brother, and a friend. Indeed, it is as a personal friend that it witness Ali's greatness for myself.I first met Muhammad Ali 28 years ago. Almost to the day, to this day. 15:37:09 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 15;37;21 I was in my senate office and an assistant said you have a visitor, and I was really surprised that it was none other than the champion himself. The friendship we developed was puzzling to many people, especially to those who saw only our differences. I might say that where others saw a difference, Ali and I saw kinship. We were both dedicated to our families. And deeply devoted to our faiths. He took Islam, and I to the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. We were both products of humble backgrounds and hard scrabble youth. Ali grew up poor here in Louisville and I grew up poor in Pittsburgh. True, we were different in some ways but our differences fortified our friendship. 15;38;26 They did not define it. I saw greatness in Ali's ability to look beyond the horizon and our differences. To find common ground. This shared sensibility was the foundation of a rich and meaningful relationship that I will forever treasure. One of my fondest memories of our friendship when Ali joined news the Salt Lake -- going to listen to the Salt Lake Mormon tabernacle choir. I have to say, it was the same Mormon tabernacle choir -- Ali loved music, and he enjoyed the choir's performance, but he seemed most excited to share his own religious beliefs with those who came to hear the Christian hymns. Ali attracted big crowds that day, and as he always did, and he gave everyone autographed pamphlets explaining his Muslim beliefs. 15;39;31 Hundreds of mormons lined up to grab the pamphlets, and of course I took one for myself. I respected his deeply held convictions just as he respected mine. In our relationship it was anchored by our different faiths. Ali was open to goodness. In all of its diverse realities and varieties. On another occasion, I took Ali to primary children's hospital in Salt Lake City. We visited with downtrodden children who perhaps had never smiled a day in their lifetime. Until Ali showed up. Ali held those kids and looked into their eyes. They would grin from ear to ear. These are kids that never smiled. They were so pained. The nurses were astounded. Never before had they seen someone who had connected so immediately and profoundly with these sick children. 15;40;35 Ali had a special way with kids as we all know. He may have been a tough and tenacious man in the ring, but he was a compassionate and tender around those that he loved. 15:40:48 (shot of Ali's wife) Through all of his ferocity as a fighter, Ali was also a peacemaker, a particular radio host in Utah berated me constantly on the air waves. Week after week. One day the host asked if I were arrange for Ali to meet Utah's former middleweight champion, James Fulmer, for a joint interview. Ali agreed. Knowing that the appearance could help me build some good will, but he also was very interested in meeting James(?) as well. It was an unforgettable experience. Here were two champions, face-to-face, reminiscing about some of the best fights the world has ever seen, and I have to say, in the process, Ali claimed that radio host -- well, he charmed the radio host so much on my behalf, gently transforming an unrepentant antagonist into a respectful starring partner. 15;41;52 So dedicated was Ali to our friendship, that he joined me on the campaign trail during several election cycles. He came to Utah year after year to raise funds for a charity benefiting needy women, women in jeopardy, and families in our state. Ali didn't look at life through the binary lens of Republican and Democrat. So common today. He saw worthy causes and shared humanity. And always willingness to put principles ahead of partisanship, he showed us all the path to greatness. And I'll never forget that greatness. Nor will I ever forget him. [Applause] 15;42;47 There there were many faces to Ali's greatness. His abilities as a boxer, his charisma as a public figure, his benevolence as a father and as a friend. All of these made Ali great. But there was something else that made him the greatest. Ali was the greatest because, as a debilitated and unbroken champion for later years he put is to a greatness beyond ourselves, greatness beyond even Ali. He pointed us to the greatness of god. [Applause] 15;43;35 God raised up Ali to be the greatest fighter in the world of all-time. Yet he allowed Ali to wrestle with Parkinson's disease, an inescapable reminder we're all mortal, and that we are all dependent on god's grace. Ali believed this himself. He once told me, god gave me this condition to remind me always that I am human, and that only he is the greatest. [Applause] 15;44;12 Ali was an unsurpassed symbol of our universal dependence on the divine. He was the greatest because he reminded us all who truly is the greatest. God, our creator. I'm eternally grateful for my special bond with this special man, and for my friendship with his beloved wife, who I love dearly. She is one of the great women in this world. [Applause] 15;44;44 (shot of wife) She was dedicated to the very end and I pray that Ali rested peacefully and Ali will rest peacefully the presence of the greatest of all, even our gods. I can bear testimony that I believe in god. I believe that we're here on Earth for a reason. I believe that this Earth life is a time for us to do what is right for god and for our fellow men and women. I don't know that I've ever met anybody who did it any better than my friend, Muhammad Ali. [Applause] >> God bless you. God bless the family. 15;45;37 (shot of wife applauding) 15;45;45 >> Next we would like to welcome Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel to the stage. Father Kriegel has been instrumental -- has been the pastor of St. Patricks parish in Erie, PA. He was ordained in 1970 and named a domestic prebate with the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1991. His wisdom, scholraship and spiritual guidance is a source of solace and guidance for catholics and members of other faith communities far far beyond his Pennsylvania home. Father Kriegel. 15;46;35 >> Monsignor Father Henry Kriegel: Let us pray. Loving eternal god, as we gather today in prayer, we do so with an abiding sense of gratitude. Our gratitude knows no bounds as we thakn you for the gift of this good and gentle man. Muhammed Ali opened our eyes to the evil of racism, to the absurdity of war. He showed us with incredible patience that a debilitating illness need never diminish joy and love in our lives. He chided our consciences, he awakened in us a deeper sense of the need to respect one another, to set aside racial differences. The legendary fighter of all time in reality taught us to heal, rather than to fight. To embrace, rather than to turn away. To include, rather than to exclude. While proclaiming himself to be the greatest, he showed us that his greatness lied in his love and concern for others. Most particularly the marginalized, the suffering, the helpless, the hopeless. You gift of him has enriched us, has made us better people, has created a more gentle world. We dare not return him to you today without expressing our gratitude for the gift of him. Amen. 15;47;50 (shot of Ali's wife) 15;48;22 >> Next we will hear a few brief remarks from Dr. Timothy Gianotti. Dr. Gianotti is a professor of islamic studies at the university of waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is equally at home, busying himself with the affairs of the Muslim community as he is sitting in the library and burrowing through books. A true public intellectual. He is the initial and principal islamic adviser to the Ali family. He has been instrumental in assuring that the last days of Muhammad's life, his burial, his bathing, his shrouding, and his burial today, his funeral and burial today, all were in accordance with the strictures of Muslim law. So now I'd like to bring to you the person I affectionately call, brother, doctor, Imam, Timothy Gianotti. [Applause] 15;49;58 >> Dr. Timothy Gianotti: In the name of god who is the loving nurturer of the creation, and the ever compassionate and ever merciful, I'd like to share a prayer today. This is a prayer adapted from a there divisional prayer of the prophet Muhammad. My god's peace and blessings be upon him. But before I do so I would just like to say to the family, to Lonnie, to everyone here, that serving Muhammad Ali has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. 15;50;50 (shot of Ali's wife) Oh, god, you who are the light of the heavens and the Earth, grant our brother Muhammad a light in his heart. A light in his earthly body, now restored to the Earth. A light in his grave. A light before him as he journeys on to you. A light in all that he has left behind in this world. A light to his right, and the lights to his left. Oh, god, increase him inlight. Grant him light. A light in his deeds in this world and a light in the hereafter. A light in the hearts of those whom he loved. And a light in the eyes of those who loved him. 15;52;05 A light in those whom he knocked down. And a light in those whom he lifted up. A light in his words which echo in our hearts. A light in the lives of all those whom he touched. A light in his children and a light in their mothers. 15:52:40 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) A light in his grandchildren. And a light in his devoted wife, Lonnie. Oh, lord, increase your servants in light. And give him light. And embrace him in light. And fill us all with light .[ Foreign foreign ] 15;53;10 >> You who are the light odd Earth, you who are the most merciful of all those who show mercy. [Applause] 15;53;38 >> Next we'll hear a few words from rabbi Michael Lerner. Rabbi Lerner is the editor of a magazine, as the magazine's name suggests, rabbi Lerner has dedicated his life to working, to heal and repair the world. Rabbi Lerner is never afraid of ruffling a few feathers so we asked him to be nice today. Rabbi Lerner. [Applause] 15;54;23 >>Rabbi Michael Lerner: We'll see about the feathers. [Foreign chanting] >> Master of compassion, god of compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali and send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I come here speaking as representative of American Jews, and to say that American Jews played an important role of solidarity with the African-American struggles in this country, and that we today stand in solidarity with islamic communities in this country and all around the world. [Applause] 15;55;23 We will not tolerate politicians or anyone else putting down a Muslim and blaming muslims for a few people. [Cheers and applause] 15;55;40 (shot of Ali's wife and family standing up and clapping) (shot of Bill Clinton clapping) 15;55;50 We know what it's like to be demeaned. We know what it's like to have some -- a few people who act against the highest visions of our tradition, to then be identified as the value of the entire tradition. And one of the reasons that we in (?) magazine, a magazine of liberal and Progressive jews but also an interfaith magazine, have called upon the United States to stand up to the part of the Israeli government that is suppressing Palestinians, is that we as Jews understand that our commitment is to recognize that god has created everyone in god's image, and that everyone is equally precious. 15;56;33 And that means that Palestinian people as well as all other people on the planet. [Applause] I know the people of Louisville have a special relationship to Muhammad Ali, and I had a personal relationship in the '60s when both of us were indicted by the federal government and before our various stands against the war in Vietnam. I want to say that although he was cheered on as the heavyweight champion of the world, you know the truth is that in all the honor to him, that heavyweight champions of the world come and go, and sports heroes come and go. There was something about Muhammad Ali that was different. 15;57;24 At the key moment when he had that recognition, he used it -- to stand up to an immoral war and say, no, I won't go! [ Applause ] And it's for that reason that tens and millions of Americans who don't particularly care about boxing care about Muhammad Ali because he was a person who was willing to risk a great honor that he got and a great fame that he got to stand up for the beliefs that he had, to think truth to power when the rest of the people around him said, no, no, you're going to lose your championship and it was taken away from him for five years. But he stood up and was willing to take that kind of a risk because of that kind of moral integrity. [ Applause ] 15;58;22 So I want so say, how do we honor Muhammad Ali? The way to honor Muhammad Ali is to be Muhammad Ali today. That means us, everyone here and everyone listening, it's up to us to continue that ability to speak truth to power. We must speak out, refuse to follow the path of conformity to the rules of the game in life. We must refuse to follow the path of conformity. Tell the 1% who own 80% of the wealth of this country that it's time to share that wealth. Tell the politicians who use violence worldwide and then preach nonviolence to the oppressed, that it's time to end their drone warfare and every other form of warfare, to close our bases around the world, bring the troops home, tell those who committed mass incarceration that it's time to create a guaranteed income for everyone in our society. [ Applause ] 15;59;34 Tell judges to let out of prison the many African-Americans swept up by racist police and imprisoned by racist judges. [ Applause ] Many are in prison today for offenses like possessing marijuana that white people get away with all the time! [ Applause ] Tell our elected officials to imprison those who authorize torture and those who ran the big investment companies that caused the economic collapse of 2008. Tell the leaders of Turkey to stop killing the kurds. Tell Israeli prime minister Netanyahu that the way to get security is for Israel is to stop the occupation of the west bank and help create a Palestinian state. [ Applause ] 16;00;37 Tell the next president of the United States that -- tell the next president of the united States that she --- (shot of bill clinton smiling) Tell the next president of the united States that she should seek a constitutional amendment to make all national and state elects funds by congress and the state legislator and all other money be banned, all other money from companies companies and individuals and make it all public funding. 16;01;30 >> Tell her that the way to achieve homeland security is not for us to try new ways of domination, the strategy of domination in the world of the other to get security has been tried for the last ten thousand years and doesn't work. The way to get security is for the United States to become known as the most generous and caring country in the world, not the most powerful. [Applause] 16;02;00 We can start with a global and domestic plan to once and for all ended global and domestic poverty, homelessness, hunger, inadequate education, inadequate health care. So, I want to, as chair of the interfaith network of spiritual Progressives -- by the way, spiritual progressives.org come and join us -- I want to affirm our commitment to the well-being of all muslims on the planet as well as the people of all faiths and secular humanists as well. We wish to pay honor to muslims of the world as the continue today the fast of Ramadan, and join with them in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali, a great -- peace be upon him, peace be upon the prophet now ham -- Muhammad and peace on humanity and peace on all of us, amen. [Cheers and applause] 16;03;20 [Chanting] Ali, Ali, Ali, Ali. Ali. >> Time, time, time is not on our side. After that speech, I have to edit my initial remarks, honorable first man William J. Clinton. Chief Sidney hill in 2002, Sidney Hill was selected as Tadodaho, or principal spiritual leader of its people a true friend of the earth and beloved to all who know him, he is a leader whose spirituality is coupled with a passionate pursuit of justice. We are honored that he has come here today to share a few words and a few thoughts with us. Chief Hill. [ Applause ] 16;04;44 >>Chief Sidney hill: [ Speaking only in foreign language ] 16;06;16 >>This is chairman Stevens with us, United Nation from our alliance (?) Nation. Translation: he said, my relatives, it is my responsibility to pick up the words for (?) the people of the longhouse. They wish you well. They want you to be at peace of mind. Now this great darkness that has happened to us, you must understand that you who have gathered us here, that his road is straight. Peacefully, he will arrive at his land. [foreign language] Our creator. It is the same as you call him, Allah. 16;07;30 These were the words. He took the family, your relatives and friends of Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali was the leader among men. And a champion of the people. He fought for the people of color, yet he was man of peace and principle. A man of compassion, who used his great gifts for the common good. The spirit has a clear path to the creator. 16;08;27 To the spiritual leader, six nation iroquois confederation. And myself, faithkeeper, turtle clan, under the council of chiefs, have journeyed here today to add our voice to this congregation of world leaders, in honor of his work, and for the right and dignity of people of color and the common man. [Applause] 16;09;15 He was always in support of the indigenous people of this hemisphere in our quest for our inherent land rights, self-determination, identity, and collective right that include the natural world. We know what he was up against. Because we have had 524 years of survival training ourselves. [Applause] 16;09;50 (shot of Ali's wife clapping) In 1978, a congressman from the state of Washington put a bill into congress to terminate our treaties with the United States. An Indian nations walked from California to Washington, DC, in protest. Muhammad Ali marched into Washington, DC with us. [Applause] 16;10;31 (shot of one of Ali's daughters) 16;10;38 He was a free, independent spirit. He stood his ground with great courage and conviction. And he paid a price. And this country did, too. And we all did. Values and principles will determine one's destiny. And the principles of a nation will do the same. Poor people do not have many options. You fighters know what I'm talking about. He said that ring was Ali's path to his destiny. He said he would be heavyweight champion of the world, and he was. Three times. This is the fourth time, right here, right now. [Applause] 16;11;55 On his journey in life, he lived and learned the hard way. He brought a light into this world. My world. Our world. And that light will shine a long, long time. [ Applause ] Peace, brother. Peace. And on behalf of my friend Ernie and the indigenous people everywhere, peace. Thank you. [Applause] 16;12;58 >> We introduce chief hill, and his words were translated by Chief Oren Lyons who was born into a traditional indigenous family, and grew up on the native reservations of upstate New York. In 1970 he became the chief and faithkeeper of the turtle clan of the onondaga nation. His scholarship, stewardship and leadership is a source of benefit and great blessing for all who know him. Now he want to introduce Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport, Rabbi Rapport is senior rabbi here of the temple here in Louisville where he has been a leader in interfaith work. He has the passion for teaching youth, and in fact it is his work with youth that let him to cross paths with Muhammad Ali. His religious leadership focuses on compassion, care, and working together was all to build a better world. Rabbi Rapport. [Applause] 16;14;24 >>Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport: This is a reading from our memorial prayer on yom kippur. Our day of atonement. Our most sacred day of the year. It was written men decades ago by rabbi Fein, civil rights leader who could never have known when he composed these words he was writing a eulogy for Muhammad Ali. 16;14;49 Birth is a beginning. And death a destination. And life is a journey, from childhood to maturity, and youth to age. From innocence to awareness, and ignorance to knowing. From foolishness to discretion. And then perhaps to wisdom. From weakness to strength, and strength to weakness. And often back again. From health to sickness, and back we pray to health again. From offense to forgiveness. From loneliness to love. From joy to gratitude. And pain to compassion, from grief to understanding. From fear to faith. From defeat to defeat to defeat, until looking backward or ahead we see that victory lies not at some high place along the way, but in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage. 16;15;50 Birth is a beginning. And death, a destination. And life is a journey. The sacred pilgrimage to life everlasting. We say words of prayer and they remain words, until we encounter a person who embodies these words and makes them real. I've said these words many times before. At funerals and memorial services. But never have I felt them come to life and speak of a single shining soul as I do today. Muhammad Ali was the heart of this city. The living, breathing, embodiment of the greatest that we can be. 16;16;33 (shot of Ali's wife) He was our heart, and that heart beats here still. [Applause] 16;16;47 Let me tell you a story you already know. It's one of those stories about Ali being gracious to a stranger that so many of us have told, so many times, and in so many we we sometimes forget the lessons these stories were intended to teach us. It's a story Honna tells about her father towards the end of their book, the soul of the butterfly. Honna's driving her father to a book store on one Sunday to pick up some bibles and korans for a project that he's working on. They pass an elderly man standing by the road with a bible in one hand and his thumb in the air with the other. They offer him a ride. And he thanks them, saying that he is on his way home from church. He only needs to go a few miles down the street where he can pick up a cab. Hanna asked where he lives help doesn't want to trouble them. He has no idea who is sitting in the front seat of the car. 16;17;48 Until Muhammad Ali turns around and says, it's no trouble at all. We're just on our way to a bookstore to by some bibles and korans. Once the man gets over meeting the greatest of all-time, he insists that he has three bibles in his house, and he would be pleased to give them to Ali in appreciation for the ride. Ali thanks him but says, he wants to pay for the bibles. The man says, no, the bibles were meant as a gift. Ali asked him what he does for a living. And it turns out the man had a stroke and has been forced into retirement. Ali then tries to hand him a big pile of money for the bibles. But the man refuses and this is where things get interesting. 16;18;37 Ali says, take the money, man, I'm trying to get into heaven.(laughter) 16;18;44 (shot of Ali's wife) And the man replied. So am I. Ali is not taking no for an answer. He says, if you don't take the money I might not get in. And the man replies, if I do take your money I might not get in. They arrive at his home, and the map invites him tomeet his wife of 30 years. He gives Ali the bibles. Ali slips the money under a napkin on the kitchen table. They're about to leave and Hannah gives the man her phone number and tells him to call him -- to call her if her needs a ride home from church again. Sitting in the car, Ali turns to his daughter and asks. Would you really go out of your way and pick him up and drive him home? And she says, yes. And with tears in his eyes, he says, that's me in you. [Applause] 16;19;52 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) 16;20;04 He says, you're on the road to heaven. Therein lies ally's greatness his ability to see something greater and his ability to inspire others to see such greatness' within themselves. There will never be another greatest like Muhammad Ali. But we together can now embody a measure of his kindness, and his compassion. We can say each of us in our hearts there's a little bit of Ali in me. [Applause] This week, we have mourned the loss and celebrated the life of a Louisville legend and a citizen of the world. And of all the words and all the ways, the most powerful moments have always been made in the voices of young people, repeated in prayer services, and chanted in the streets. I am Ali. I am Ali. I am not the fighter that Ali was. And I may not have the courage which he never lacked. And I am definitely not as pretty. (laughter) But in my heart, and in my hope, and in my prayers I am Muhammad Ali. [Applause] 16;21;36 >> When he say that in our hearts, when we live that in our lives, then we together can build a legacy worthy of the greatest of all-time. So say that now with me. In your heart, and in this room, I am Ali. I am Ali. [Applause] >> You know, one of the amazing things that we've witnessed during our time here in Louisville has been just so many stories of common, ordinary people. There's folks on the street, working in the hotels, the restaurants, virtually everyone has a story concerning how Muhammad Ali touched their lives. He came to my fourth grade class. He helped me out in this or that way. He came to visit me when I was sick. Just on and on and on. And collectively, those experiences, they become sinner ginnic, they become greater than the individual parts. And when we rose through the streets of the city today, I've witnessed something I've never, ever witnessed in my life. [ Applause ] 16;23;10 And I don't think I will ever witness again. I witnessed the power. In our muslim tradition we call it (foreign language) it might be loosely translated as sainthood, I witnessed the power of sainthood. [ applause] Venerable Utsumi is a member of the (foreign language) a Japanese Buddhist order dedicated to working for world peace through the practice of walking peace pilgrimages anti-nuclear weapon pilgrimages and the construction of peace pagodas all over the globe, he will be joined onstage by Sister Denise another member of the order and together they will share a traditional chant with us. 16;24;40 [Buddhist chants] 16:28:25 [Buddhist chants] 16;29;20 Now we will listen to a reading by , Ambassador Shabazz. Ambassador Shabazz is the oldest of six daughters born to el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (?) and Doctor Betty Shabazz. [applause] She probably shares that she is inspired by her parents, their parents, and those before them through the descending generations. The former prime minister of Belize recognized her as a key Ambassador in international cultural affairs and project development and in 2002 appointed her as ambassador at large, powerful and elegant we invite Ambassador Shabazz to read and share and inspire us. [ Applause ] 16:30;44 >>Ambassador Shabazz: Assalamu alaikum. May peace be upon us. All of us. As this is a homegoing celebration I find myself balanced between that of celebration and depletion, loss, that somehow or another, my breathing capacity has been weakened this past week so I ask all of you gathered and afar to please muster up and transmit a bit of your air to me in the memory of Muhammad Ali, thank you all. [ Speaking in foreign language ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SEVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 16;31;44 And more as the globe centers at this very moment amidst the holy month of Ramadan where every two hours there's a time zone praying, and including Muhammad Ali and his family in your thoughts. Amidst that are the prayers of all faiths, all those touched, even those that don't claim a religion are feeling something right now in honor of the family and the memory of their father, husband. In the spirit of my parents, Malcolm X Shabazz and Dr. Shabazz, in the presence of my five younger sisters, our children and our grandchildren I would like to first honor his beloved wife, my sister, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] 16;32;53 (shot of Ali's wife) 16;32;59 For all the strengths that you know and that resonate beyond. Sometimes you do need a little help no matter how magnificent you are and indeed those that were with him, that loved him, his family members sustain that. His nine children, and I will name them, Maryam, rasheda, Muhammad Jr., Hana, Laila, asaad, Miya, khaliah as well as thier mothers, and the third generation of grandchildren who accompany them. [ Applause ] 16;33;47 (shot of Ali's wife) To his only brother, to his extraordinary example of a best friend, Howard Bingham and to his sister-in-law Marilyn. For all the grief that I am depleted by and others are feeling by his transition, there is none comparable to yours and I know that. On this day and those to come, as you live your waking days with a life without him here presently, very different. 16;34;37 (shot of Ali's wife) Photos, memories, all the things that we have on him that keep him going. He touched you differently and that has to be honored and recognized, never forsaken. [ Applause ] Just know that when you are the descendent of and in the presence of someone whose life was filled with principle, that the seed is in you so that you have to cultivate that responsibly as well. [ Applause ] This moment is very meaningful for me to have been amongst those chosen and blessed by Muhammad himself and affirmed by his wife Lonnie to take part by sharing a prose and a statement during this homegoing ceremony. While he and I had a treasured relationship, the genesis of his love was through the love for my father. Muhammad Ali was the last of a fraternity of amazing men bequeathed to me directly by my dad. 16;35;57 Somewhere between me turning 18, 19 or 20, they all seemed to find me somehow guided by an oath of a promise to my dad long after him leaving this Earth to search for me, and they did. Each one remaining in my life until joining the rest of the heavens beloved summit of fearless humanitarians. This included Muhammad Ali whom my dad loved as a little brother, 16 years his junior and his entrusted friend. There was a double-take when I came upon him, a once childhood per child and now looking right into his face, and you know how he is. He gives you that little dare like, is that you? [ imitates ] From the very moment we found one another, it was as if no time has passed as all despite all of the presumptions of division, despite all of the efforts at separation, despite all of the organized distancing. We dove right into all of the unrequited yet stated and duly acknowledged spaces we could explore and uncover privately. 16;37;18 We cried out loud. His belt, his grief for having not spoken to my dad before he left and then just as loudly we'd laugh about the best of stories, and some that can't be repeated. He was really funny. What was significant as brothers for my father and Ali was their ability to discuss openly anything, all facets of life, namely, the true meaning, as men with great responsibilities be bestowed to them of how to make an equitable difference in the lives of others. A unifying topic was faith and ecumenical faith, respect for faith, all faiths, even if belonging to one specific religion or none, the root of such being the gift of faith itself so in his own words he wrote, "We all have the same God. We just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans, all have different names but they all contain water. So do religions have different names and yet they all contain truth. Truth expressed in different ways and forms and times. It doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew. When you believe in god, you should believe all people are part of one family. [ Applause ] 16;39;11 For if you love god, you can't love only some of his children. [ Applause ] His words and certainly ideals shared by both men, love is a mighty thing, devotion is a mighty thing and truth always reigns. Having Muhammad Ali in my life somehow sustained my dad's breath for me a little while longer. 51 years longer until now. (WEEPING) [Applause] I am forever grateful at our union on this Earth together allowed for me a continuum of shared understanding, preserved confidentialities and the comfort of living in his home town of Louisville Kentucky for the past six years. [ Applause ] 16;40;26 That was not a plan. And mostly for the gift of knowing and loving his wife and children forever forward as my own family, know that. As the last of the paternity reaches the heavens, my heart is rendered ever longingly for that tribe. The tribe of purpose, the tribe of significance, tribe of confidence, tribe of character, tribe of duty, tribe of faith, tribe of service. We must make sure that the principle of men and women, like Muhammad Ali and others, whom dedicated their very being to assure that you get to recognize your own glory, is sustained and passed on like that olympic torch. My dad would offer in state when concluding or parting from another, may we meet again in the light of understanding and I say to you with the light of that compass by any means necessary. 16;42;09 >> Ladies and gentlemen, representing the president of the United States and Mrs. Obama, miss Valerie Jarrett. [ Applause ] 16;42;24 >>Valerie Jarrett: Good afternoon. On behalf of president Obama and Mrs. Obama, I wish to express to you their deepest regret that they couldn't be with us here today as we celebrate the extraordinary life of Muhammad Ali. I first met Muhammad Ali over 45 years ago through his friendship with my uncle Jean and he, my uncle, would be so touched that his son gene is a pallbearer here today. Thank you, Lonnie. Because of my family connection, the president and first lady asked me if I would read this tribute to you, penned by president Obama. 16;43;15 It was 1980, an epic career was in its twilight. Everybody knew it. Probably including the champ himself. Ali went into one of his final fights an underdog. All of the smart money was on the new champ, Larry Holmes. And in the end, the oddsmakers were right. A few hours later, at 4 A.M., after the loss, after the fans had gone home and the sports writers were writing their final take, a sports writer asked a restroom attendant if he had bet on the fight. The man, black and getting on in years, said he had put his money on Ali. 16;44;05 The writer asked why. Why, the man said? Why? Because he's Muhammad Ali. That's why. He said, mister, I'm 72 years old and I owe the man for giving me my dignity. [ Applause ] To Lonnie and the Ali family, president Clinton and an arena full of distinguished guests, you are amazing. The man we celebrate today is not just a boxer or a poet or an agitator or a man of peace, not just a Muslim or a black man or a Louisville kid. He wasn't even just the greatest of all time. He was Muhammad Ali.The whole far greater than the sum of its parts. He was bigger, brighter and more original and influential than just about anyone of his era. [ Applause ] 16;45;30 You couldn't have made him up and, yes, he was pretty, too. He had fans in every city, every village, every ghetto on the planet. He was fettered by foreign heads of state, the beatles, British invasion took a detour to come to him. It seemed sometimes that the champ was simply too big for America. But I actually think that the world flocked to him in wonder precisely because, as he once put it, Muhammad Ali was America! Brash, defiant, pioneering, joyful, never tired, always game to test the odds. He was our most basic freedoms, religion, speech, spirit. 16;46;31 He embodied our ability to invent ourselves. His life spoke to our original sin of slavery and discrimination and the journey he traveled helped to shock our consciousness and lead us on a roundabout path towards salvation. And like America, he was always very much a work in progress. We do him a disservice to gauze up his story to sand down his rough edges to talk only of floating like butterflies and stinging like bees. Ali was a radical even in a radical of times. A loud and proud and unabashedly black voice in a Jim crow world. [ Applause ] 16;47;24 His jabs knocked some sense into us, yes, they did. Pushing us to expand our imagination and bring others into our understanding. Now, there were times when he swung a bit wildly. That's right. Wound up and accidently may have wronged the wrong opponent as he was the first to admit. But through all his triumphs and failures, Ali seemed to have achieved the sort of enlightenment and inner peace that we are all striving towards. In the '60s when other young men his age were leaving the country to avoid war or jail, he was asked why he didn't join them. He got angry. He said he'd never leave. His people, in his words, are here, the millions struggling for freedom and justice and equality and I could do a lot of help in jail or not right here in America. [ Applause ] 16;48;34 He'd have everything stripped from him, his titles, his standing, his money, his passion. Very nearly his freedom. But Ali still chose America. I imagine he knew that only here in this country could he win it all back. So he chose to help perfect a union where a descendent of slaves can become the king of the world. And in the process, in the process, lend some dignity to all of us. Maids, porters, students and elderly bathroom attendant and help inspire a young, mixed kid with a funny name to have the audacity to believe he could be anything, even the president of the United States! [ Applause ] 16;49;35 (shot of Ali's wife) Muhammad Ali was America. Muhammad Ali will always be America. What a man. What a spirit. What a joyous mightyful champion. God bless the greatness of Ali. God bless his family. And god bless this nation we love. Thank you very much. 16;50;28 ANNOUNCER VOICE: Ladies and gentlemen, Lonnie Ali. [ Applause ] >> Ali! Ali! Ali! 16;51;05 LONNIE ALI >> Assalamu alaikum. Peace be upon you. You know, I said something to Matt Lauer yesterday that I firmly believe Muhammad had something to do with all of this and I think we are right. Thank you all for being here to share in this final farewell to Muhammad. On behalf of the Ali family, let me first recognize our principal celebrant Imam _____ and Dr. Timothy Gianotti. We thank you for your dedication to helping us fulfill Muhammad's desire that the ceremonies of this past week reflect the traditions of his islamic faith. And as a family, we thank the millions of people who, through the miracle of social media, inspired by their love of Muhammad have reached out to us with their prayers. The messages have come to us in every language from every corner of the globe. From wherever you are watching, know that we have been humbled by your heartfelt expressions of love. It is only fitting that we gather in a city to which Muhammad always returned after his great triumphs. A city that has grown as Muhammad has grown. [ Applause ] 16;52;37 Muhammad never stopped loving Louisville. And we know that Louisville loves Muhammad. [Applause] We cannot forget a Louisville police officer, Joe Espy(?) Martin, who embraced a young 12-year-old boy in distress when his bicycle was stolen. Joe Martin handed young Cassius Clay -- sorry for tripping up that last word -- Clay, to a future in boxing he could scarcely have imagined. America must never forget that when a cop and an inner city kid talk to each other, then miracles can happen. [ Applause ] 16;53;49 Some years ago during his long struggle with Parkinson's in a meeting that included his closest advisors, Muhammad indicated when the end came for him, he wanted us to use his life and his death as a teaching moment for young people for his country and for the world. In effect, he wanted us to remind people who are suffering that he had seen the face of injustice, that he grew up in a segregation and that during his early life, he was not free to be who he wanted to be. But he never became embittered enough to quit or engage in violence. It was a time when a young black boy his age could be hung from a tree in Mississippi in 1955 whose admitted killers went free. 16;54;50 It was time when Muhammad's friends, people he admired, like Brother Malcolm and Dr. King were gunned down, and Nelson Mandela imprisoned for what they believed in. [ Applause ] For his part, Muhammad faced federal prosecution. He was stripped of his title and his license to box and he was sentenced to prison. But he would not be intimidated so as to abandon his principles and his values. 4:55-Lonnie emotional, almost cries 16;55;29 Muhammad wants young people of every background to see his life as proof that adversity can make you stronger. It cannot rob you of the power to dream and to reach your dreams. We built the Muhammad Ali center and that's the center of the Ali message. [ Applause ] Muhammad wants us to see the face of his religion, true Islam, as the face of love. It was his religion that caused him to turn away from war and violence, for his religion he was prepared to sacrifice all that he had and all that he was to protect his soul and follow the teachings of prophet Muhammad peace be upon you. 16;56;25 So even in death, Muhammad has something to say. He's saying that his faith required that he take the more difficult road. It is far more difficult to sacrifice oneself in the name of peace than to take up arms in pursuit of violence. [ Applause ] You know, all of his life, Muhammad was fascinated by travel. He was child-like in his encounter with new surroundings and new people. He took his world championship fights to the ends of the Earth, from the south pacific to Europe to the Congo. And, of course, with Muhammad, he believed it was his duty to let everyone see him in person because, after all, he was the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The boy from grand avenue in Louisville, Kentucky, grew in wisdom and discovered something new, that the world really wasn't black and white at all. It was filled with many shades of rich colors, languages and religions. As he moved with ease around the world, the rich and powerful were drawn to him but he was drawn to the poor and the forgotten. [ Applause ] 16;57;53 Muhammad fell in love with the masses and they fell in love with him. In the diversity of men and their faiths, Muhammad saw the presence of god. He was captivated by the work of the dalai lama, by mother Teresa and church workers who gave their lives to protect the poor. When his mother died, he arranged for multiple faiths to be represented at her funeral and he wanted the same for himself. We are especially grateful for the presence of the diverse faith leaders here today. And I would like to ask them to stand once more and be recognized. [ Applause ] 16;58;35 Thank you. Thank you very much. You know, as I reflect on the life of my husband, it's easy to see his most obvious talents. His majesty in the ring as he danced under those lights, enshrined him as a champion for the ages. Less obvious was his extraordinary sense of timing. His knack for being in the right place at the right time seemed to be ordained by a higher power. Even those surrounded by Jim Crow, he was born into a family with two parents that nurtured and encouraged him. He was placed on the path of his dreams by a white cop and he had teachers who understood his dreams and wanted him to succeed. The olympic gold medal came and the world started to take notice. A group of successful businessmen in Louisville called the Louisville Sponsoring Group saw his potential, and helped him build a runway to launch his career. His timing was impeccable as he burst into the national stage just as television was hungry for a star to change the faith of sports. 17;00;02 You know, if Muhammad didn't like the rules, he rewrote them. His religion, his name, his beliefs were his to fashion, no matter what the cost. The timing of his actions coincided with a broader shift in cultural attitudes across America, particularly on college campuses. When he challenged the U.S. Government on the draft, his chance of success was slim to none. That the timing of his decision converged with a rising tide of discontent on the war. Public opinion shifted in his direction followed by a unanimous supreme court ruling in a stunning reversal of fortunes. He was free to return to the ring. When he traveled to central Africa to reclaim his title from George Foreman, none of the sports writers thought he could win. In fact, most of them feared for his life. But in what the Africans call the miracle at 4:00 A.M., he became a champion once more. [ Applause ] And as the years passed and those slowed by Parkinson's, Muhammad was compelled by his faith to use his name and his notoriety to support the victims of poverty and strife. He served as a UN messenger of peace and traveled to places like war-torn Afghanistan, he campaigned as an advocate for reducing the debt of third world debt. 17;01;42 He stunned the world when he secured the release of 15 hostages from Iraq. [ applause ] As his voice grew softer, his message took on greater meeting. He came full circle with the people of his country. When he lit a torch that seemed to create new light in the 1996 Olympics. [ Applause ] Muhammad always knew instinctively the road he needed to travel. His friends know what I mean when I say he lived in the moment. He neither dwelled in the past nor harbored anxiety about the future. Muhammad loved to laugh and he loved to play practical jokes on just about everybody. He was sure-footed in his self-awareness, secure in his faith and he did not fear death. Yet, his timing is once again poignant. His passing and his meaning for our time should not be overlooked. As we face uncertainty in a world and divisions at home, as to who we are as a people, Muhammad's life provides useful guidance. 17;02;58 Muhammad was not one to give up on the power of understanding, the boundless possibilities of love and the strength of our diversity. He counted among his friends people of all political persuasions, saw truth in all faith and the nobility of all races as witnessed here today. Muhammad may have challenged his government but he never ran from it or from America. [ Applause ] He loved this country and he understood the hard choices that are born of freedom. I think he saw a nation's soul measured by the soul of its people. For his part, he saw the good soul in everyone and if you were one of the lucky ones to have met him, you know what I meant. He awoke every morning thinking about his own salvation and he would often say, I just want to get to heaven and I've got to do a lot of good deeds to get there. And I think Muhammad's hope is that his life provides some guidance on how we might achieve for all people what we aspire for ourselves and our families. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;04;38 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, Maryam Ali. 17;04;50 MARYAM ALI >> Peace be with you, everyone here, and on behalf of the Ali family, I just want to say thank you to Louisville, Kentucky, all the love you've shown us in our lives has been unbelievable. Also, I want to thank the entire globe. My father was loved all over. The processional today was overwhelming but it was so beautiful. I just want to say we love you just like you love us. Thank you very much. [ Applause ] 17;05;23 As you know, my father loved poetry. He was always rhyming and promoting his fights and he had poems of the heart, spiritual poems and poems to promote and I just wrote a piece for him, in honor of him on behalf of my sisters and brothers and everyone who loved my father. It's called "Thank you our dear father." My heart was sore when your sick spirit soared. Your physical body is no more but my mind tells different tales of all that you taught me, your family and the masses. 17;06;02 Most importantly, the belief in god who created humanity to thrive in quality. You fought for a purpose to uphold the principle that we as a people have divine human rights. Staring right into the eyes of oppression, you proclaim your beautiful complexion. Your god-given skills, your independent will and the freedom of your faith. As your daughter, I am grateful for all of our conversations about men, women and relationships. Guiding me to first have a loving relationship with self, refusing anyone to chip away at my esteem and expect the respect of a queen. [ Applause ] Thank you, our dear father, for asking us to think about our purpose and showing us the beauty of service to others. We marvel that your sincere love for people as you treated all who approached you with dignity. Whether they were rich or poor, your kindness was unconditional. Never perceiving anyone as beneath you. 17;07;25 So many have shared personal stories about what you have meant to them as you have exemplified values and qualities that have enhanced their lives. If I had every dollar for every story, I could pay for the sky. Your family is so proud of the legacy you left behind. But I hope that the history of you can help turn the tide of self-hate and violence, because we are overwhelmed with moments of silence for tragic deaths. Here on the soil, American soil, in the Middle East or anywhere else in this world, we crave for peace. That peace that you rest in now. We will forever cherish the 74 years you graced this Earth. You will be greatly missed. But now we send you off in celebration, a blown kiss and prayers. As you enter your final round. God's last boxing bell will sound in heaven. I love you, we all love you. Thank you very much. 17;09;02 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Rasheda Ali Walsh. 17;09;20 RASHEDA ALI >> I'm, we are so honored that you have packed this room with your love. Thank you all. Thank you so much for being here today. To celebrate our father. You are the greatest father to us. And it was God's will to take you home. Your family will try our best to make you proud, and carry on your legacy of giving and love. You have inspired us in the world to be the best version of ourselves. May you live in paradise, free from suffering. You shook up the world in life. Now you're shaking up the world in death. 17;10;23 (shot of Ali's wife holding back tears) Daddy is looking at us now, right and saying, I told you I was the greatest! No one compares to you, daddy. You once said I know where I'm going. And I know the truth. And I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be who I am. Now you are free to be with your creator. We love you so much, daddy. Until we meet again, fly, butterfly, fly. [ Applause ] 17;11;45 ALI DINICOLA Hello. My name is Ali DiNicola. I was born on Muhammad Ali's birthday, I was named after him. He used to call me the little greatest. We can all learn from Muhammad's example of kindness and understanding. When Muhammad was asked how he would like to be remembered, he said I like to, I like for them to say he took a few cups of love, he took one tablespoon of patience, one teaspoon of generosity, one pint of kindness, he took one court of laughter, one pinch of concern and then he mixed willingness with happiness, he added lots of faith and he stirred it up well. He spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met. Thank you. 17;12;56 ANNOUNCER>>> Ladies and gentlemen, Natasha boncouer. Natasha boncouer: Before I begin, I would just like to say that I'm truly humbled and honored to be here. And I would like to thank the Muhammad Ali center and the Ali family for giving me the opportunity to speak. And to echo the voice that Muhammad has given me. So let me tell you a story about a man. A man who refused to believe that reality was limitation to achieve the impossible. A man who once reached up through the pages of a textbook and touched the heart of an 8-year-old girl. Whose reflection of herself mirrored those who cannot see past the color of her skin. But instead of drawing on that pain from the distorted reality, she found strength. Just as this man did when he stood tall in the face of pelting rain and shouted -- I am the disturbance in the sea of your complacency. And I will never stop shaking your waves. 17;14;30 And his voice echoed through hers. Through mine. And she picked up the rocks that were thrown at her and she threw them back with a voice so powerful that it turned all the pain that she had faced in her life into strength. And tenacity. And now that 8-year-old girl stands before you, to tell you that Ali's cry still shakes these waves today. 17;15;11 (shot of Ali's wife) That we are to find strength in our identities. Whether we are black or white or Asian or hispanic. Lgbt, disabled or able-bodied. Muslim, jewish, hindu or Christian. His cry represents those who have not been heard, and invalidates the idea that we are to be confirmed to one normative standard. That is what it means to defeat the impossible. Because impossible is not a fact, impossible is an opinion. Impossible is nothing! [ Applause ] 17;16;15 When I look into this crowd I smile. I smile to recognize that he is not really gone. He lives in you and he lives in me. And he lives in every person that he has touched in every corner of this world. (shot of Ali's wife) Reality was never a limitation for Ali. For us, just as every punch his opponents threw, impossible is never enough to knock us down. Because we are Ali. We are greater than the rocks or the punches that we throw at each other. We have the ability to empower and inspire and to connect and to unify and that will live on forever. So let me tell you a story about a man. His name is Muhammed Ali. He is the greatest of all time. He is from Louisville, Kentucky and he lives in each and every one of us. (shot of Ali's wife) And his story is far from over. Thank you. [ Cheers and applause ] [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife applauding) 17;18;26 ANNOUNCER>> Ladies and gentlemen, John Ramsey. 17;18;35 John Ramsey First of all, on behalf of my fellow Louisvillians to the Ali family, we offer our condolences our heartfelt prayers and for Lonnie Ali a very special prayer. We know that Muhammad was blessed with many gifts but none more precious than Lonnie Ali and we thank you so much. (shot of Ali's wife) You know, I've got to tell you, Louisville, when I was in the procession today and saw the tens and thousands of people and all of the warmth and the love and the respect that was shown for Muhammad, I've got to tell you, my heart swelled with pride. I know he was watching from above and I know he absolutely loved it. He-- I don't think he'd be surprised. I think Muhammad would say, Louisville, Kentucky, the greatest city of all times. I'm feeling good. Man. I tell you what, how can we lose with the stuff we use? [ laughter] I'm feeling so good, I think I'm going to make a comeback and change my name back to Walnut street. That's how good I feel. [ laughter ] 17;19;46 You know, for me, I always felt connected to Muhammad even before I had met him. You know, maybe it was the fact that I was a Louisville boy. Maybe it's the fact that I loved the Louisville Cardinals, like Muhammad. You know, but as our relationship evolved, I found that a lot of people felt this personal connection with Muhammad. And that's part of the Ali magic. You know, initially, for a lot of men my age and certainly myself, it was the athlete that I was attracted to. I mean, that kind of size, that kind of speed, agility, that grace not only made him the heavyweight champion of the world three times but it made him "Sports illustrated" sportsman of the century, the A.P. Athlete of the century and certainly made him the athlete -- a once in a lifetime athlete. But I would argue that the combination of compassion, kindness, love and the ability to lift us up made him a once in a lifetime person. [ Applause ] 17;20;55 You know, Muhammad was blessed with many gifts, as I said, and he was a wise and faithful steward of those gifts. There's many stories about Muhammad but there is a couple that really to me encapsulate what he was all about. I remember back in 2000, I made a trip to the summer olympics with Muhammad and one day he decided we were going to go see a boxing match and I remember we're ringside, the American wins, 15,000 people are chanting, usa, usa! And I thought, this is my olympic moment. You know, I was filled with patriotic pride. The boxer came down from the ring, he took the obligatory picture with Muhammad, the fist to chin shot, hundreds of photographers from around the world were taking pictures, you know, thousands of people cheering for Muhammad and this victorious fighter. 17;21;47 And then Muhammad leaned down to me whispered in my ear, he said, I want to see the loser. I say, excuse me? I want to see the loser. So, I motioned over to an Olympic official and I said, you know Muhammad wants to see the loser. Can we go to the losing locker room? And we get to the losing locker room and there's not tens of thousands of people, there's not any photographers. There's just a kid in the corner on a stool, he's got a towel around his neck, he's got a bloody mouth under his eye. This has got to be the lowest point of his athletic career at the very least. He felt like he let down his country. He is defeated. And the vibe in that room was literally the lowest of low. But then when Muhammad walks in, this kid recognizes him instantly and in broken English he says Muhammad Ali and Muhammad started dancing he said show me what you've got man, show me, and Mohammad starts throwing out jabs and this kid starts ducking and smiling. Muhammad grabs him in a bear hug. He said, I saw what you did out there, man, you look good. You are moving good, you can be a champion, man. Don't give up. And I remember, it warmed my heart how he took this kid from here to here in an instant. 17;22;58 And -- [ applause ] And I remember, I got in the car and I said to Muhammad, I said, Mohammad try to be a nice guy but I've got to tell you, I was caught up in the moment. I didn't give that losing fighter a second thought. I said mohammad you're the greatest. Muhammad said, tell me something I don't already know. [ laughter ] He -- and -- but what I don't want people to forget, no doubt, to me he's the finest example of a human that I've ever seen. The finest example of a great human being that I've ever seen of the kindness that a human possesses. That was Muhammad Ali, but don't forget about this, man. Muhammad was the coolest cat in the room. I mean, he was good looking, he had charm, he had charisma, he had swagger before he knew that swagger was. I mean, I remember, I went to -- when -- was about 25 years ago, he came to town to visit his mother and he wanted to go to outback steakhouse. I has a friend there, was big Mohammad fan, so we came in and at the time here in Louisville, there was a fireman's convention and all of these guys had their engine numbers on their shirt and sure enough I had seen this thing a million times. Man, these guys line up for an autograph. I said, to Muhammad, I said Muhammad, if you'd like, I'll play the bad guy. You know I tell them to let you eat, and you can sign autographs later. 17;24;25 Muhammad would have none of it. He said, no, I'll sign between bites. He's taking bites of his food and he's signing. This one guy walks up, and you could tell he was a big fan. I mean he knew Muhammad. He was scared to death, he-- all of his adrenaline, he said Champ, he said I saw the stand you made, in the civil rights movement, I saw your stand against the Vietnam war. He said, I've got to tell you, champ, you're my hero. He said, I've got a picture of you at my firehouse. You are my hero. Muhammad instantly he wanted to change the channel. So he said to the guy, he said, you know, you're the real hero jumping in fire, saving lives, saving babies, putting your life on the line, he said, man, you are the real hero. And the fireman responds real quickly. I mean he knew all of the nicknames, he said, man, but you, you fought the bear, sonny Liston. He said, You fought the rabbit, patterson, you fought big George Foreman, you fought smokin Joe Frazier. 17;25;15 And Muhammad interrupted real quick and he goes, yeah, but Joe wasn't really smoking. [ laughter ] And I said, Muhammad that's a good line. He goes, you're right. Write that down. But it wasn't all about signing autographs and kissing babies. If there was a village that needed food in a third-world country, Muhammad was on the plane, will travel with check. If there was a conflict and he could be part of a resolution, again, Muhammad will travel. As Lonnie had mentioned, if there were hostages to be released, Muhammad was a man of action. One of my favorite quotes and I think it's right here in your program, Muhammad said service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth and I just want to say, champ, your rent is paid in full. Your rent is paid in full. [ Applause ] Your rent is paid in full! 17;26;15 (shot of Ali's wife standing up clapping) And you know, in fact, I think he's paid it forward. Because he has taught us to love rather than to hate. To look for commonalities rather than differences. So therefore I think he's really paid it forward for all of us. So, as we all know now, you know, the fight is over but I'm here to tell you, the decision is in and it is unanimous, because of Muhammad Ali, we all win. The world wins. Thank you so much, Muhammad. It is time for a man of peace to rest in peace. And thank you so very much. 17;27;30 BILLY CRYSTAL >> Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. We're at the halfway point. I was clean shaven when this started. Dear Lonnie, family, friends, Mr. President, members of the clergy, all of these amazing people here in Louisville, today this outpouring of love and respect proves that 35 years after he stopped fighting, he is still the champion of the world. [ Applause ] Last week, when we heard the news, time stopped. There was no war, there were no terrorists, no global catastrophes. The world stopped, took a deep breath and sighed. Since then, my mind has been racing through my relationship with this amazing man, which is now 42 years that I've known him. Every moment I can think of is cherished. While others can tell you of his accomplishments, he wanted me to speak and tell you of some personal moments we had together. 17;28;52 I met him in 1974. I was just getting started as a stand-up comedian and struggling. But I had one good routine. It was a three-minute conversation between Howard and Muhammad where I would imitate both of them. Muhammad had just defeated George foreman and sports magazine made him the man of the year. A great man, editor for "Sport," was going to host this televised dinner honoring Muhammad. So dick called my agent looking for a comedian who did some sports material. As fate would have it, that comedian was not available and she wisely said -- it's destiny, man. And she wisely said, but listen, I've got this young kid and he does this great imitation and I don't know why, but dick said, okay, I'll try him. I couldn't believe it. My first time on television and it would be with Ali. I ran to the plaza hotel, the event was packed. He said, how should I introduce you? No one knows who you are. And I said, just say I'm one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. And my thought was, I'll get right to the microphone, go into my how word cosell and I'll be fine and I move into the jam ballroom and that's when I saw him for the first time in person. It's very hard to describe how much he meant to me. You had to live in his time. It's great to look at clips and it's amazing that we have them but to live in his time, watching his fights, his experience of the genius of his talent was absolutely extraordinary. Every one of his fights was the aura of a super bowl. He predicted the round that he would knock somebody out and then he would do it. He was funny. He was beautiful. 17;30;57 He was the most perfect athlete you ever saw and those were his own words. But he was so much more than a fighter as time went on, with Bobby Kennedy gone, martin Luther king gone, Malcolm X gone, who was there to relate to when Vietnam exploded in our face? There were millions of young men my age, eligible for the draft for a war that we didn't believe in. And all of us huddled on the conveyor belt that was rapidly feeding the was machine. But it was Ali who stood up for us by standing up for himself. And after he was stripped of the title-- after he was stripped of the title and the right to fight anywhere in the world, he gave speeches at colleges and on television that totally reached me. He seemed as comfortable talking to kings and queens as the lost and unrequited. 17;31;49 He never lost his sense of humor even as he lost everything else, he was always himself, willing to give up everything for what he believed in. And his passionate rhetoric about the life and plight of black people in our country resonated strongly in my house. I grew up in a house that was dedicated to civil rights. My father was a producer of jazz concerts in New York City and was one of the first to integrate bands in the 40s and 50s. Jazz musicians referred to my dad as the branch rickey of Jazz concerts. My uncle and my family, jewish people, produced strange fruit, billie holiday's classic song describing the lynching of African-Americans in this country. And so I felt him, and now there he was just a few feet from me. I couldn't stop looking at him and he seemed to like glow and he was like in slow motion, his amazing face smiling and laughing. 17;32;41 I was seated a few seats from him on the day I said, and in the room all of these athletes in their individual sports, great ones, Gino Marchetti, of the Baltimore Cults, Franco Harries of the Steelers, Archie Griffith who won the Heisman from Ohio state, literally legends, Neil Simon, george plimton, all in a day fawning over Ali who then looked at me [laughter] with an expression that seemed to say what is Joe gray doing here? Mr. Schapp introduced me as one of Ali's closest and dearest friends. Two people clapped. My wife and the agent. I rose, Ali is still staring at me, I passed right behind him, got to the podium, went right into Cocell, hello, everyone, Howard Cocell coming to you live from Zaire. Some people would pronounce it Zaire. They are wrong. It got big laughs and then I went into the Ali. 17;33;49 Everybody's talking about George Foreman, talking about George foreman, george Forman is ugly, he's just so slow. George was slow. I kind of-- and then I got-- and I'm still faster at 33 years of age. I'm so fast I can turn the lights be in my bed before the room gets dark. [ Applause ] (shot of Ali's wife) I'm announcing tonight that I've got new religious beliefs. From now on I want to be known as Ezzie escowitz (?) I am now an orthodox Jew Izzie Escowitz (?) and I am the greatest of all time. [ Applause ] The audience exploded. See, no one had ever done him before and here he was a white kid from Long Island imitating the greatest of all time and he was loving it. When I was done, he gave me this big bear hug and he whispered in my ear, you're my little brother. 17;34;46 Which is what he always called me until the last time that I saw him. We were always there for each other. If he needed me for something, I was there.He came for anything I asked him to do. Most memorable, he was an honorary chairman for a dinner and a very important event where I was being honored by the hebrew university in Jerusalem. He did all of this promotion for it. He came to the dinner. He sat with my family the entire evening. He took photographs with everybody. The most famous Muslim man in the world honoring his jewish friend. And -- [ applause ] 17;35;26 Because he was there, because he was there, we raised a great deal of money and I was able to use it to endow the university in Jerusalem with something that I told to him about and it was something that he loved the theory of. And it thrives to this day. It's called peace through the performing arts. It's a theater group where Israeli, Arab and Palestinian actors, writers and directors all work together in peace creating original works of art. [ Applause ] And that doesn't happen without him. I had so many -- so many funny and unusual moments with him. I sat next to him at Howard Cosell's funeral, a very somber day to be sure. Closed casket was on the stage, Muhammad and I were sitting somewhere over there next to each other. And he quietly whispered to me, little brother, do you think he's wearing his hairpiece? [ Laughter ] 17;36;30 So I said, I don't think so. Well, then how will god recognize him? [ Laughter ] So I said, champ, once he opens his mouth, God will know. So we started laughing. It was a muffled laugh at first but then we couldn't contain ourselves. There we were, at a funeral, me with Muhammad Ali laughing like two little kids who heard something dirty in church, you know, we were just laughing and laughing. And then he looked at me and he said, Howard was a good man. One time he asked me if I would like to run with him one morning. Do road work with him. I said, that would be amazing. I said, where do you run? He said, I run at this country club and I run on the golf course early in the morning, it's very private, nobody bothers me. We'll have a great time. I said, champ, I can't run there. The club has a reputation for being restricted. What does restricted mean? They don't allow Jews there. They don't have any jewish members. He was incensed. 17;37;38 I'm a black Muslim and they let me run there. Little brother, I'm never going to run there again. And he didn't. [ Applause ] My favorite memory was 1979. He had just retired and there was a retirement party at the forum in los Angeles for Muhammad and 20,000 of his closest friends in los Angeles. I performed a piece that I had created, the imitation had grown into a life story. It's called 15 rounds. And I'd play them from the age of 18 until he's 36 ready for the rematch with Leon Spinks. I posted it on the internet last week, footage that nobody had ever seen before, of me portraying Ali doing his life for him all those years ago in 1979. There were 20,000 people there. But I was doing it only for him. That's one of my favorite performances that I have ever done in my life. I sort of got lost in him. I didn't even know where I was at the end of the performance. And suddenly I'm backstage with another heavyweight champion, Richard Pryor and Pryor 's holding on to me crying and then I see Ali coming and he's got a full head of steam, he is looking only at me, nudged Mr. Pryor aside and he whispered in my ear with a big bear hug, little brother, you made my life better than it was. 17;39;10 But didn't he make all of our lives a little bit better than they were? [ Applause ] That -- that, my friends, is my history with the man that I've labored to come up with a way to describe the legend. He was a tremendous bolt of lightning created by mother nature out of thin air, a fantastic combination of power and beauty. We've seen still photographs of lightning bolts at the moment of impact, ferocious in his strength and magnificent in his elegance. And at the moment of impact it lights up everything around it. So you can see everything clearly. Muhammad Ali struck us in the middle of America's darkest night, in the heart of its most threatening gathering storm, his power toppled the mightiest of foes and its intense light shone on America and we were able to see clearly injustice, inequality, poverty, pride, self-realization, courage, laughter, love, joy, religious freedom for all. 17;40;18 Ali forced us to take a look at ourselves. This young man who thrilled us, angered us, confused and challenged us ultimately became a silent messenger of peace who taught us that life is best when you build bridges between people, not walls. [Applause] (shot of Ali's wife) 17;40;50 My friends, only once in a thousand years or so do we get to hear a mozart or see a Picasso, read a Shakespeare. Ali was one of them and yet at his heart he was still a kid from Louisville who ran with the gods and walked with the crippled and smiled at the foolishness of it all. He is gone but he will never die. He was my big brother. Thank you. [ Applause ] 17;41;47 >> Ladies and gentlemen, Bryant Gumbel. 17;41;58 BRYANT GUMBEL >> The great Maya Angelou who was herself no stranger to fame wrote that ultimately people forget what you said and people will forget what you did but that no one will ever forget how you made them feel. That's applied to Muhammad Ali, the march of time may one day diminish his boast and his poetry, maybe even his butterflies and bees. It may even one day dull the memories of the thrilla in Manila and the rumble in the jungle. But I doubt any of us will ever forget how Muhammad Ali made us feel. I'm not talking about how proud he made you feel with his exploits or how special he made you feel when you were privileged enough to be in his company.I'm talking about how he ripped our hearts and our souls and our conscience and made our fights his fights for decades. People like me, who were once young, semi-gifted and black will never forget what he freed within us. Some of us like him took pride in being black, bold and brash. And because we were so unapologetic, we were in the eyes of many, way too uppity. We were way too arrogant. Yet we reveled in being like him. By stretching society's boundaries as he did, he gave us levels of strength and courage we didn't even know we had. But Ali's impact was not limited to those of a certain race or of a certain religion or of a certain mindset. The greatness of this man for the ages was that he was, in fact, a man for all ages. Has any man ever a greater arc to his life? What does it say of a man, any man that he can go from being viewed as one of his country's most polarizing figures to arguably his most beloved. [ Applause ] And to do so without changing his nature or, for a second, compromising his principles. Yeah, you know, there were great pauses and national movements and huge divisions that afforded Ali unusual opportunities to symbolize our struggles. But Harry Truman had it right when he said men make history and not the other way around. Or as Lauren hill so nicely put it, consequence is no coincidence. Befitting his stature as the goat, Muhammad Ali never shied away from a fight. He fought not just the biggest and baddest men of his day inside the ropes but outside the ring he also went toe to toe with critics, outside of societal norms, the U.S. Government. He even fought ultimately to his detriment the limitations of father time. Strictly speaking, fighting is what he did. But he broadened that definition by sharing his struggles with us and by viewing our struggles as his. And so it was that at various times he accepted and led battles on behalf of his race in support of his generation, in defense of his religious beliefs and ultimately in spite of his disease. I happen to have been overseas working in Norway this past week. My buddy Matt called. Told me the champ had been taken to the hospital. This time it was really serious. Right away I called Lonnie who was, as always, a pillar of strength. And as we discussed the medical details, the doctors' views and the ugly realities of mortality, Lonnie said, Bryant, the world still needs him and indeed it does. The world needs a champion who always worked to bridge the economic and social divides that threaten the nation that he dearly loved. The world needs a champion that always symbolized the best of Islam to offset the hatred born of fear. And the world needs a champion who believed in fairness and inclusion for all. Hating people because of their color is wrong, Ali said, and it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong. [ Applause ] Yeah, we do need Muhammad Ali now. We needed strength and the hope, the compassion, the conviction that he always demonstrated. But this time, our beloved champion is down. And for once he will not get up. Not this time. Not ever again. Let me close with a quick personal story. 50 years ago, Muhammad Ali defeated George devalo in Toronto, Canada. The very next day, he showed up in my neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. As Ali got out of the car in the driveway at the home, I happened to be next door shooting hoops in a friend's backyard. I, of course, quickly ran to the fence and for the first time in I was 17. I was awe struck. And man, I thought he was the greatest. Now a half century and a lifetime of experiences later, I am still awe struck and I am convinced more than ever that Muhammad Ali is the greatest. [ Applause ] To be standing here by virtue of his and Lonnie's request, is an honor. To be here today as he goes to his grave is a moment I will take to mine. God bless you, champ. [ Applause ] >> Ladies and gentlemen, the 42nd president of the united States, the honorable William Jefferson Clinton. [ Applause ] WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL 558P WASH 6 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY CBS POOL P2 17;51;17 BILL CLINTON >> Thank you. I can just hear Muhammad saying now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second now well, I thought I should be eulogized by at least one president and by making you last in a long, long, long line, I guarantee you a standing ovation. 17;51;51 I am trying to think of what has been left unsaid. First, Lonnie, I thank you and the members of the family for telling me that he actually as Bryant said picked us all to speak and giving me a chance to come here, and I thank you for what you did to make the second half of his life greater than the first. Thank you for the Muhammad Ali center and what it has come to represent to so many people. Here's what I'd like to say. I spent a lot of time now as I get older and older and older trying to figure out what makes people tick, how do they turn out the way they are, how do some people refuse to become victims and rise from every defeat. We've all seen the beautiful pictures of the home of Muhammad Ali and people visiting and driving by. I think you decided something I hope every young person here will decide. I think he decided very young to write his own life story. 17;53;39 I think he decided before he could possibly have worked it all out and before fate and time could work their will on him, he decided that he would not be ever disempowered. He decided not his race or his place or expectations of others, positive, negative or otherwise would stop him from writing his own story. He decided first to use these stunning gifts. His strength and speed in the ring, his wit and way with words, and managing the public, and finding out at a fairly young age who he was, what he believed, and how to live with the consequences of acting on what he believed. 17;54;50 A lot of people make it to steps one and two and still just can't quite manage living with the consequences of what he believed. For the longest time in spite of all the wonderful things that have been said here, I remember thinking when I was a kid this guy is so smart and he never got credit for being as smart as he was. And then I don't think he ever got the credit for being, until later, as wise as he was. In the end besides being a lot of fun to be around and basically universal soldier for our common humanity, I will always think of Muhammad as a truly free man of faith. 17;55;50 And being a man of faith he realized he would never be in full control of his life. Something like Parkinson's could come along. But being free, he realized that life still was open to choices. It is choices that Muhammad Ali made that brought us all here today in honor and love. And the only other thing I would like to say, the first part of his life was dominated by the triumph of his truly unique gifts. We should never forget them, we should never stop looking at the movies. Thank Will Smith for making his movie. We should all be thrilled. It was a thing of beauty. But the second part of his life was more important because he refused to be imprisoned by a disease that kept him hamstrung longer than Mandela was kept in prison in South Africa. 17;57;20 That is in the second half of his life, he perfected gifts that we all have, every single solitary one of us have gifts of mind and heart. It is just that he found a way to release them in ways large and small. I asked Lonnie the time when they were still living in Michigan and I gave a speech in southwest Michigan to an economic club there, and sort of a ritual when a president leaves office, and you know, you had to get reacclimated, nobody plays a song when you walk in a room any more, you don't really know what you're supposed to do, and this club, the economic club, they're used to acting like you deserve to be listened to, they have to be reacclimated. So they came to me to this dinner and he sat with me at this dinner. 17;58;26 And he knew, somehow he knew that I was a little off my feet that night. I was trying to imagine how to make this new life and so he told me a really bad joke. And he told it so well and he laughed so hard that I totally got on board and had a great time. He had that feel about, you know, there's no textbook for that, knowing where somebody else is in their head, picking up the body language. Then Lonnie and Muhammad got me to come here when we had the dedication of the Muhammad Ali center, and I was trying to be incredibly gray haired elder states man, dignified, I have to elevate this guy, I am saying all this stuff in high tone, language, and Muhammad sneaks up behind me, puts his fingers up. (shot of wife laughing) 17;58;35 Finally after all the years we had been friends, my endearing image of him is like three shots. The boxer, the man I watched take the last steps to light the olympic flame when I was president, and I'll never forget it, I was sitting there in Atlanta, we knew each other, by then I felt I had some sense of what he was living with, and I was still weeping like a baby, seeing his hands shake, his legs shake, and knowing by god he was going to make those last few steps no matter what it took, the flame would be lit, the fight would be won. I knew it would happen. [ Applause ] 5532 ALI MEMORIAL SERVICE FIBER PATH POOL P2 18;00;49 And then this. The children whose lives he touched, the young people he inspired. That's the most important thing of all. So ask you to remember that. We all have an Ali story. It's the gift we all have that should be most honored today because he released them to the world. Never wasting a day the rest of us could see feeling sorry he had Parkinson's, knowing more than three decades of his life would be circumscribed in ways that would be chilling to the naked eye. 18;01;43 But with the free spirit it made his life bigger, not smaller. Because other people, all of us unlettered, unschooled said would you look at that. Look at that. May not be able to run across the ring any more, may not be able to dodge everybody, exhaust everybody any more, and he's bigger than ever because he is a free man of faith sharing the gifts we all have. We should honor him by letting our gifts go among the world as he did. God bless you, my friend, go in peace.