"I am America. I am the part you won''t recognize. But get used
to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion,
not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me."
He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in Louisville,
Kentucky. His very first boxing coach, former police officer Joe
Martin, told him, "You better learn how to fight before you start
challenging people." Once considered the underdog, Cassius, later
known as Muhammad Ali, would eventually win the title of
heavyweight champion of the world. Acclaimed author Walter Dean
Myers recounts the champ''s most famous fights and examines the
depth and complexity of the larger-than-life legend Muhammad Ali.
The bold, vibrant art of Alix Delinois reflects the beauty and
power of the man who could "float like a butterfly, sting like a