It’s totally understandable. He could barely have found time to process it all yet, but Muhammad Ali’s younger brother was overcome with emotions at a memorial service in Kentucky on June 5. Click for the full story.
It’s still hard to accept. Muhammad Ali‘s passing at the age of 74 on June 3 left the world saddened, and his family are suffering ten-fold. At the King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, mourners paid their respects to the legendary boxer at an emotional memorial service on June 5. Muhammad’s younger brother Rahaman Ali, 72, was there and he just emotionally broke down.
The service took place at a church a short distance from where Muhammad grew up, and there’s a painting hanging in the building by his father on the wall. During the two-hour memorial, assistant pastor Charles Elliot III asked the congregation to stand and honor the former heavyweight champion of the world known as ‘The Greatest.’ “There is no great man that has done more for this city than Muhammad Ali,” Charles said in his honoring speech.
The heartfelt speech was enough to make poor Rahaman weep uncontrollably as he was overcome with emotion, putting his hands over his face, and sobbing uncontrollably. It must’ve been some dedication, and rightfully so too, for all the locals that knew the family so well.
The service also provided lots of song, with Rahaman seen singing along to hymns, while choking back the tears and swaying from side to side. So sad.
Charles’ father is said to have known Muhammad incredibly well during his life, and the pair launched an anti-hunger program in the city. It’s clear to see why Muhammad was so loved by people of Louisville because he gave so much to the city he loved.
It will be interesting to see what happens on June 10 when Muhammad’s funeral happens. His coffin will be taken through the streets of Louisville, we can only imagine their will be a huge turnout.
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