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“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but i know he won't.” Muhammad Ali
He proclaimed himself the greatest... With a record of 56 victories and only 5 defeats – for many he is...
The retired heavyweight champion boxer is well known for his historic fight, the "Rumble in the Jungle," against opponent George Foreman, in 1974.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/12/art.ali.jpg caption="Muhammad Ali's daughter Khaliah is keeping her father's spirit alive in the Congo."]
It has been 35 years since Ali won the legendary championship bout in what is now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The lasting implications of that fight went well beyond the heavyweight belt that was contested that evening. Much was made of the attention that Ali brought to the Congolese people who were fighting for their own physical survival as a newly independent nation. The relationship and bonds that Ali formed with the Congolese are still strong today.
Khaliah Ali, was a young child when her father first visited the former Zaire - he dedicated the "Rumble in the Jungle" fight to her. Now 35, she recently returned to the Congo on a humanitarian mission with UNICEF to engage in a fight of her own.
In a nation inflicted by civil war where thousands of children have gone hungry and where women are raped, Khaliah addressed the issue of child malnourishment and the importance of educating the female half of the nation’s population.
Khaliah Ali will be our Connector of the Day this Friday, and will discuss her relationship with her father and her recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the problems that its people are fighting for.