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So much! He held up a mirror to white supremacy in the sense that he had no problem telling white America about its warts of bigotry. And the spirit he had to stand up against the Vietnam war — it’s something lacking in a lot of celebrities. — Eroc Arroyo, Education Coordinator, Roslindale
He was one of my heroes. I was a teenager in the ’60s. He changed America by speaking out about different issues. — James Carter, Outreach Coordinator, Roxbury
He contributed a lot for black people. He always stood his ground. I like him for that. He’ll be missed. — Nancy Prichard, Retired, Dorchester
I think giving young people the courage to stand up for what they believe in. His conscientious objector stand came at a time when most people didn’t have the courage to do that. — Russell Pierce, Lawyer, South End
He lived by his commitment. For him to stand up to as a young black man and say ‘I’m not going to fight in Vietnam,’ living up to what he stood for — that was great. — Sarah Flynt, Advocate, Roslindale
I think he made a very large contribution. If it wasn’t for him, a lot of people wouldn’t be inspired to speak their mind. — Scott Brodie, Delivery Driver, Roxbury
What do you think was Muhammad Ali’s contribution to American culture?