In Their Own Words

Transformation | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Relive Muhammad Ali’s reemergence on the world stage to light the torch at the 1996 Summer Olympics in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. Sportswriter Dave Kindred marvels at “the transformation of Ali from the most hated man in America to this beatified Ali of today.” Sportswriter Jerry Izenberg says, “He was no saint. He was no devil. He was Muhammad Ali, and nobody else ever was or ever could be.”

Cassius Clay | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Explore the early years of Cassius Clay’s professional boxing career in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. Learn how Ali's bold, outspoken self-promotion and his campaign to dethrone heavyweight champion Sonny Liston made Ali a champion and a public figure. During this time Ali dedicates his life to the principles of Nation of Islam.

The Vietnam War | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Learn about heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's decision to not fight in the Vietnam War in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. The controversy over his anti-draft stand forces Ali to fight his next boxing bouts overseas. When he refuses induction into the Army in April of 1967, Ali is stripped of his title and license to box in all 50 states.

The Commonwealth | In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II

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Learn about the challenges to Britain's Commonwealth countries in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II. Many of the Commonwealth countries challenge the throne. In South Africa, resistance to apartheid is met with deadly violence.

The Windsors | In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II

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Learn about the reign of King George V and Queen Mary in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II. In 1917, with his realm at war with Germany, Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, changes the family name from the German “Saxe-Coburg Gotha” to the British “Windsor.” King George V and Queen Mary have six children, including David, the heir to the throne, and his younger brother Albert.

Introduction | In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II

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Discover the highlights of Queen Elizabeth II’s long life and reign in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II. From her royal childhood to her coming of age during World War II, her accession to the throne, and the fulfillment of her vow to dedicate her life to the Commonwealth, this video follows Elizabeth's remarkable reign.

King George VI | In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II

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Learn about the Windsor family's turbulent history in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II. Elizabeth's uncle David, King Edward VIII, abdicates the throne in order the marry an American divorcée, Wallis Simpson. On May 12, 1937, Elizabeth’s father Albert is crowned King George VI, and ten-year old Elizabeth becomes heir to the throne. In the summer of 1939, 13-year old Elizabeth meets Philip of Greece, an 18-year-old naval cadet.

A Princess at War | In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II

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Watch as Princess Elizabeth volunteers for the World War II effort in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Queen Elizabeth II. In March of 1945 Elizabeth joins the Auxiliary Territorial Service and works as a car and truck mechanic. When the war is over, 19-year old Princess Elizabeth emerges as a bright star on the rise. She is keenly aware that she’ll one day succeed her frail father.

Rumble in the Jungle | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Explore Muhammad Ali's quest to reclaim the heavyweight title in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. Ten years after beating Liston, Ali challenges George Foreman a heavily favored champion. Known as the Rumble in the Jungle in Kinshasa, Zaire, the fight showed that Ali could transcend the sport, drawing throngs of media and fans.

Supreme Court | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Trace the history of Muhammad Ali’s draft evasion appeal with the Supreme Court in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. The NAACP sues the New York State Athletic Commission, arguing that the ban on Ali is discriminatory. Ali loses a fight in New York to Joe Frazier, but he wins a victory in the Supreme Court, which overturns his conviction for draft evasion.

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