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Fri, 04.28.1967

Muhammad Ali Refuses His Vietnam Draft Notice

Muhammad Ali, 1967

On this date in 1967, African American boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted into the U.S. Army and was eventually stripped of his heavyweight boxing title.

Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo Vietnam military service. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in Louisville, Kentucky, the future three-time world champ changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 after converting to Islam.  

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