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Muhammad Ali's exile years in Chicago: 'Learning about life'

Muhammad Ali's exile years in Chicago: 'Learning about life'

During his years exiled from the boxing ring, dethroned heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali found refuge on the South Side of Chicago.

Stripped of his boxing title after refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, Ali immersed himself in Islam, his newfound religion. And as the country that once hailed him as "The Greatest" cast him aside, the South Side — home of the Nation of Islam — stepped in to embrace him.

Shortly after announcing that he had converted to Islam in 1964, Ali spent more than a decade in and out of Chicago. He first settled into a small, third-floor apartment in the 7000 block of South Cregier Avenue. By the time he left Chicago for good in...

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