Muhammed Ali was on one of the greatest Americans. On this day in 1967 he refused to be drafted for the Vietnam War. Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years. But all that mattered to him was democracy and true equality.
“My conscious won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father… Shoot them for what? …How can I shoot them poor people, Just take me to jail.”