Ken Burns explores life and legacy of Muhammad Ali in new documentary series

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest athletes of all time.

His exuberance and brash personality outside of the boxing ring sparked controversy and conversation unlike any other Black athlete of his generation.

Ali captivated people from all over the world and inspired athletes with his activism during the Civil Rights movement and his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War, which resulted in a draft evasion conviction and a suspension of his boxing license.