Muhammad Ali & his mother Odessa Lee Clay (née Grady) (2/12/1917 – 8/20/994) Mother of 3-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, Rudolph Valentino Clay, now Rahman Ali & grandmother of Laila Ali. She married Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. in the '30s & worked as a household domestic to help support her children. Born in Hopkins County, KY, 1 of 6 children of John Lewis Grady & Birdie B. Morehead. Her paternal grandfather was a white Irishman named Abe Grady, who emigrated from Ennis…

Muhammad Ali & his mother Odessa Lee Clay (née Grady) (2/12/1917 – 8/20/994) Mother of 3-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, Rudolph Valentino Clay, now Rahman Ali & grandmother of Laila Ali. She married Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. in the '30s & worked as a household domestic to help support her children. Born in Hopkins County, KY, 1 of 6 children of John Lewis Grady & Birdie B. Morehead. Her paternal grandfather was a white Irishman named Abe Grady, who emigrated from Ennis…

Muhammad Ali, Chicago, Illinois, 1978. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz

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Muhammad Ali and Sylvester Stallone play-boxing at the Academy Awards, 1977.

Muhammad Ali and Sylvester Stallone play-boxing at the Academy Awards, 1977.

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Muhammad Ali appears atop a Cadillac flanked by police officers during the Black History Parade in Santa Ana, CA in 1985 (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection) Muhammad Ali from the EBONY Archives

Muhammad Ali appears atop a Cadillac flanked by police officers during the Black History Parade in Santa Ana, CA in 1985 (Isaac Sutton/Ebony Collection) Muhammad Ali from the EBONY Archives

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