Last night the legendary boxer, 3 time world heavyweight champion, philanthropist, goodwill ambassador, tireless fighter for human freedom and dignity, and all around motivational giant, Muhammad Ali, passed away from complications of Parkinson's disease after battling the effects for 30 years. Let's take a few moments of silence to remember this man who started with so little and accomplished so much and against so many odds and obstacles despite all the boos and jeers of countless nameless, faceless doubters and detractors, and was an inspiration to so many millions worldwide, regardless of faith, color or creed. His courage, compassion, and honesty with all people will be deeply missed, especially in our time when cowardice, slander and finger-pointing seem to once again be becoming the stock-in-trade of the famous and influential. Farewell champ. You didn't just fight opponents in the ring, you fought bigotry, hypocrisy and oppression, and you won.
"I know where I am going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want."