April 17, 2014

On this day April 17th

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

April 17, 1967 the United States Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali's request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., the 3-time world champion changed his mane to Muhammad Ali in 1964 in accordance with his conversion to Islam. Ali cited religious beliefs for his decision to forgo military service.  He refused to be inducted into the armed forces, saying “I ain’t got no quarrel with those Vietcong.”

Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years. He stayed out of prison as his case was appealed and returned to the ring on October 26, 1970

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