Legend is he pitched it in the Ohio River

from Brother Ali – Namesake Lyrics on Rap Genius


Ali claimed that he did this after being dismayed at racism in his hometown in a 1975 autobiography. However, both researchers and friends of the boxer have come to believe that this story is untrue — thus Brother Ali’s referring to it as a “legend”

Ali’s co-writer on the book, Richard Durham, was the editor of the Nation of Islam’s weekly newspaper at the time, and some speculate that the legend may have been added in order to create “a latter-day version of Parson Weems' tales of George Washington cutting down a cherry tree or tossing a dollar across the Potomac River”

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