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Rahman Ali

As the only living member of the family that was raised in the home, Rahman Ali (born Rudolph Arnett Clay) is directly connected to the sacred landmark. Rahman was born 18 months after Muhammad and started boxing with his brother at 10 years old in a Louisville, Kentucky amateur boxing league. He remained amateur until February 25, 1964, the night his brother won one of his heavyweight titles over Sonny Liston.

As a professional boxer, Rahman won 14 bouts, lost 3, and had one draw. Throughout his career he knocked out seven opponents and was himself knocked out once. After back to back losses ending with Rahman being knocked out by Jack O'Halloran, he retired from professional boxing.

In an era where America was undergoing a societal shift towards equality for all races, the brothers stood beside Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad in the verbal call-to-arms against racism in the United State of America. As children, the brothers faced shameful racial injustices that scarred their upbringing and that would eventually fuel their passion for racial equality.

As adults, Rahman was of tremendous personal support to Ali through his life and career. He dedicated his life to help his brother, and to build up the sport of boxing as a whole.

Humble beginnings in Louisville, successful boxing careers, civil rights struggles as converted Nation of Islam members and, later in life, both of their personal struggles with Parkinson's disease created a lifelong bond between Rahman and Muhammad that to this day, lives on through his work on the Muhammad Ali Childhood Home Museum.

Rahman's involvement in the project is paramount to the success of keeping Muhammad Ali's amazing legacy alive, and to ensure that future generations can learn the impact on their lives from the work done by this amazing man.