Remembering 'The Greatest,' Muhammad Ali

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at 9:00 AM
U.S. former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali gives a punch in front of photographers 28 January 2006.  (Photo: Eric Feferberg /AFP/Getty Images))

Forum opens the phone lines to get listeners' reflections on the life of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday. One of the most iconic athletes of our time, Ali's influence extended far beyond sports. On Saturday, President Obama said Ali "shook the world," putting him in the company of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. We'll discuss Ali's complex legacy, from his legendary boxing career to his social justice activism to his long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Guests:

Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology, UC Berkeley

Robert Lipsyte, journalist and author; wrote the New York Times obituary of Muhammad Ali, who he met in 1964 and covered for more than 50 years

Mark Purdy, sports columnist, San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group

Davis Miller, longtime friend of Muhammad Ali; author of "Approaching Ali: A Reclamation in Three Acts"

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