Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Louisville's NAACP President Raoul Cunningham and others react to the death of boxing great Muhammad Ali. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose record-setting boxing career, flair for showmanship and political stands made him one of the best-known figures of the 20th century, died on Friday at 74. Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome which impaired his speech and made the once-graceful athlete almost a prisoner in his own body, died a day after he was admitted to a Phoenix-area hospital with a respiratory ailment. Even so, Ali's youthful proclamation of himself as "the greatest" rang true until the end for the millions of people worldwide who admired him for his courage both inside and outside the ring. "He really means so much to us. A champion in the ring, a hero beyond the ring... he is the voice of our time," said Rev. Jesse Jackson. Along with a fearsome reputation as a fighter, he spoke out against racism, war and religious intolerance, while projecting an unshakable confidence and humor that became a model for African-Americans at the height of the civil rights era.