QUESTION: Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr./Muhammad Ali had a younger brother. What was his birth name?
A) Cassius Cicero Clay
B) Rudolph Valentino Clay
C) John Jackson Clay
D) Henry Clay
The next Cassius Marcellus C... we would like to discuss is someone much more contemporary than the nineteenth-century politician, but who was named in his honor, indirectly. His father was named after the Cassius Marcellus Clay we discussed yesterday, and so Cassius Jr. was technically named after him. Also born in Kentucky, the younger Clay entered the world in 1942. Within twelve years, his training as a boxer began, and at the age of eighteen he won a gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics that made him an international celebrity. Four years later, he earned the heavyweight boxing championship, taking it from Sonny Liston. His arrogance, charming to many, his outspokenness on racial issues, and his conversion to Islam made him a highly controversial man. He changed his name to Muhammad Ali at that time, as well, abandoning what he referred to as his slave name - a little ironic since the original Cassius Marcellus Clay was such a staunch abolitionist, but to the point.
The boxer achieved his greatest fame after his conversion, and went on to become an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and the conditions of urban African Americans. He retired from boxing in 1981 and devoted the rest of his life to charitable work, often in association with his religion, before his passing this past June 3 at the age of 74. The country mourned the loss of this great man, and voice for peace.
ANSWER: B) Rudolph Valentino Clay. He would change it as an adult to Rahman Ali.