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Tucson remembers Muhammad Ali

Posted at 10:31 PM, Jun 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-12 09:20:34-04
The Tucson community paid tribute to "The Greatest" Saturday night. Dozens of people attended a Ramadan interfaith celebration for Muhammad Ali. The ceremony at the Islamic Center of Tucson brought together people from all religions to honor the boxing legend.
 
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, the hands can't hit what the eyes can't see," said Pastor Grady Scott as he spoke at the ceremony.
 
Muhammad Ali's powerful words came to life as dozens remembered "The Greatest.''
 
"He made African Americans proud to be African Americans," said Scott. "That's why he kept saying, 'I'm pretty,' because we did not think we were. So, he would say 'I'm pretty, ain't I pretty?' He would say that because he wanted us to understand that there's nothing wrong with our skin."
 
The ceremony paid tribute to his role as an athlete, a Muslim, and a hero.
 
"He was a great man and he made being Muslim normal and relevant and he brought dignity to all Muslims around the world," said Lynn Hourani. "He just had a huge impact on all of us.''
 
A man who fought battles both in and out of the boxing ring. Ali made strides toward equality, tolerance and peace.
 
"He is undoubtedly the most famous American Muslim who has existed thus far," said Mahmoud Obagi with the Islamic Center. "He really he showed that Muslims are really just like everyone else."
 
Ali's legacy is leaving an impact here in Tucson. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and councilmember Steve Kozachik attended the ceremony. The two presented a proclamation for the day of remembrance and unity in the city of Tucson.