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Not only was Muhammad Ali a heavyweight champion in his boxing career, but his work in civil and human rights made him a hero for just about everyone. As the world mourns the loss of one of the most revolutionary figures black history, his passing has brought us to reexamine his life and legacy.

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His constant refusal to be boxed in and defined by anybody but himself, and his fierce declaration of love for himself, his blackness, and the truth, was what forged an incredible relationship between Ali and hip-hop. Click on the audio player to hear Jeff Johnson reveal more in this edition of 3 Things You Should Know on “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”

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