Muhammad Ali won a gold medal in the Olympics, and he also won the World Heavyweight Championship at the age of 22.
In 1955, the Vietnam war which was a fight between North Vietnam, and South Vietnam, was happening. In America, there was a draft lottery, that randomly selected only men to join the U.S. military. Ali was one of the men to be chosen, but he refused to enter the war. He protested that he didn’t want to kill people. He said that his religious beliefs have changed, and he disagreed with the war. Ali got arrested for what he claimed, and was said to be put in prison for about 5 years. His lawyers kept him out of prison, but he then was banned from boxing for 3 years. He lost his titles, and everything that was important to him. Ali even had to pay an $10,000 fine. Later, Ali started to speak against the Vietnam War to many colleges. The colleges invited him because some of the people in the colleges were also against the war, and because what Muhammad Ali did inspired them. Then in 1970, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered to reinstate Ali’s boxing licenses, and in the following year, the Supreme Court also dropped his charges. He came back to the ring and fought again.