An intimate portrait of Muhammad Ali that explores his ascent to greatness in the prizefighting ring and his extraordinary accomplishments as a celebrated humanitarian.
Muhammad Ali is arguably the greatest boxer of all-time. Yet, outside his record-breaking achievements in the ring, he was admired by millions of people worldwide for his compassionate heart and altruistic endeavors. Throughout his life, Ali demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advancing justice and freedom that should never be forgotten.
In Muhammad Ali: A Humanitarian Life, Margueritte Shelton shows how the “People’s Champion” transformed his success in the boxing ring into a powerful platform to further his fight against inequality, injustice, and oppressive politics. Ali ascended to greatness during a violent decade of protests and revolutionary movements, and Shelton vividly portrays the personal journey of this bold young dreamer as he pursued athletic glory to become a champion in the ring and a champion for human rights.
Featuring a rare collection of letters as well as exclusive interviews, this book offers unique personal perspectives on the man who became world-renowned as the “Greatest of All Time.” With an emphasis on Ali’s humanitarian endeavors, Muhammad Ali reveals that the champion’s greatest achievement was his lifelong fight to transform the world as a messenger of peace.
Margueritte Shelton is a new voice in the non-fiction genre. As an avid volunteer invested in humanitarian work, she was named an honorary member of the National Museum of the American Indian for her contributions. She participated in the international hunger relief organization “Rise Against Hunger,” the Longest Walk in Washington, DC, and more. She is a member of the Muhammad Ali Center and supports their humanitarian awards events in Louisville, Kentucky.
This is a beautiful tribute to the legendary Muhammad Ali who inspired the world’s hopes and dreams and remains “The Greatest.” His winning, courageous spirit in the ring was matched by his lifelong mission of humanitarian work that left this world a better place. Ali’s bold challenge is to follow in his footsteps!
In Margueritte Shelton’s powerful, passionate storytelling, we see Muhammad Ali at his best as both an athlete beyond compare and a blessed man dedicated to making the world a better, kinder place.
I thought I knew all there was to know about the REAL Muhammad Ali; then I read this book and realized there is so much more to learn about his life. Hugely recommended for all those who want to appreciate the complete Ali.
Margueritte Shelton has captured the fascinating saga of Muhammad Ali in dramatic fashion. His brilliant boxing style, glib sociopolitical comments, and debilitating health consequences are vividly portrayed in this excellent book.
Foreword by Norman Giller, a renowned, British-based sports historian who was firm friends with Muhammad Ali
11/29/22, Sports Book Reviews: This book was highlighted in a roundup of highly anticipated sports books.
2/2/23, Choice: This book was included in a roundup of forthcoming titles in African American studies.