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Letter of the Day | Name street or building after Muhammad Ali

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM
In this Gleaner file photo, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (left) thanks Kingston Mayor Ralph Brown after receiving the keys to the city at the National Stadium on December 29, 1974.


When the late, great Muhammad Ali visited Jamaica in 1974, he came as a member of a delegation of the Nation of Islam. The delegation included Minister Louis Farrakhan and other officials. They were given a welcome reception by then Prime Minister Michael Manley and the Jamaican people. Ali was also presented with the keys to the City of Kingston. Wasn't that a marvellous and gracious act?

On Ali's second visit to Jamaica, in 1987, his mission concerned the Martin Luther King Human Rights Award at the Wyndham Hotel, New Kingston. Edward Seaga was the prime minister at the time.

I would like to see the late legend honoured again in Jamaica, even though he has passed on. I am, therefore, kindly asking the Government of Jamaica to name a building or street after the heavyweight boxing champion.


Could attract tourists


There are some lovely buildings in New Kingston, in Ocho Rios, or even in the Second City, Montego Bay. We could choose one of them and call it The Muhammad Ali Building. Or we could name a road the Muhammad Ali Highway. Either of these moves could attract tourists to the island.

Finally, do you remember when Ali knocked out former boxing champion George Foreman and captured the heavyweight title how the late PM Michael Manley stood on one foot in great jubilation and with applause? That was a day!