Today, City Council Vice President Jason Williams took a Point of Personal Privilege to recognize boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In 1978, Ali got in the ring with Leon Spinks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (then Louisiana Superdome) for the world heavyweight boxing title. Ali would go on to defeat Spinks making this the third time in his career to earn the title, and the first fighter to ever do so.
Not only was he a legendary boxer, but he was also a leader in the civil rights movement. A moment of silence was offered to pay respect to Ali who passed away on June 3, 2016.
"Being great in athletics does not mean that you are automatically great in the world, but in the case of Muhammad Ali, lightning did strike twice in once place. As rare as it is, he was great both in the ring and out of the ring," said Council Vice President Williams. "He made history in this city when he became the only fighter in the world to be a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion."