102.3 Radio Free KJLH mourns the loss of Muhammad Ali who passed Away Friday Night at age 74. We acknowledge the legacy of The Greatest in context of Black History first, but certainly in human history in general. For a generation he was a powerful voice in a world that seek to deny civil rights from blacks and others across the nation. His brash truth and courageous sacrifice was unprecedented in his time and certainly has yet to be matched since.
As we review the archives of KJLH, we are proud to see that The Greatest spent significant time with the KJLH Family. Rest in Peace Champ … Thanks for the memories.
“Today we bow our heads at the loss of a man who did so much for America. Tomorrow, we will raise our heads again remembering that his bravery, his outspokenness, and his sacrifice for the sake of his community and country lives on in the best part of each of us.”
– Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“This is a sad day for me – and for the world. Muhammad Ali was bigger than sports and larger than life. He said he was ‘The Greatest’ and he was right. He was the greatest of his era in the ring and a global icon in sports. I was a kid during his prime, but I remember some of his epic fights and his incredible style. My sincerest condolences go out to his wife, Lonnie, his kids and family.”
– Basketball great Michael Jordan.
“The world has lost a great Champion. Muhammad Ali, lover of human beings, a warrior for the fight against discrimination … a great friend.”
– Tweet by football great Jim Brown.
“The true GOAT. What a sad day for everyone to (lose) someone so great and kind and someone who really stood up for what they believed in. He was my hero. He always will be. #muhammadali #cassiusclay”
– Tennis great Serena Williams on Instagram.
“He sacrificed the heart of his career and money and glory for his religious beliefs about a war he thought unnecessary and unjust. His memory and legacy lingers on until eternity. He scarified, the nation benefited. He was a champion in the ring, but, more than that, a hero beyond the ring. When champions win, people carry them off the field on their shoulders. When heroes win, people ride on their shoulders. We rode on Muhammad Ali’s shoulders.”
– The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and longtime friend of Ali.
“Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali. From the day he claimed the Olympic gold medal in 1960, boxing fans across the world knew they were seeing a blend of beauty and grace, speed and strength that may never be matched again. We watched him grow from the brash self-confidence of youth and success into a manhood full of religious and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and live with the consequences. Along the way we saw him courageous in the ring, inspiring to the young, compassionate to those in need, and strong and good-humored in bearing the burden of his own health challenges. I was honored to award him the Presidential Citizens Medal at the White House, to watch him light the Olympic flame, and to forge a friendship with a man who, through triumph and trials, became even greater than his legend. Our hearts go out to Lonnie, his children, and his entire family.”
– Former President Bill Clinton.
“Ali, Frazier & Foreman we were 1 guy. A part of me slipped away, “The greatest piece”
– Tweet by George Foreman, Ali’s opponent in the “Rumble in the Jungle”
“Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters, including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world”
– Boxer Oscar De La Hoya, who won titles at six different weight classes
“Without question his legacy is one that he defied the odds because he stood up for what he believed in and when he was put to the test he took personal harm rather than go against his beliefs and what he stood for.”
– Don King, promoter of “Rumble in the Jungle” and “Thrilla in Manilla.”