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Full Text of HR0041  102nd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, Illinois is a state that embraces its great
3diversity, that commits itself to equity and inclusion for all
4communities, and honors individuals that dream, dedicate
5themselves, and build for future generations; and
6    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali had an unrelenting spirit to dream;
7he said "Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. It is not
8a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential."; and
9    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali was brave; he said "What I suffered
10physically was worth what I have accomplished in life. A man
11who is not courageous enough to take risks will never
12accomplish anything in life."; he persisted despite the
13physical harm and political opposition he endured; and
14    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali was humble; he said "I would like to
15be remembered as a person who never looked down on those who
16looked up to him."; he admitted he was a flawed human being
17like everyone else, but he still strived to become a better
18person every day; and
19    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali demonstrated an inspiring work
20ethic; he committed himself to his passion for boxing and
21never stopped working to achieve success; he won the Olympic



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1gold medal and the heavy weight title three times; he won 56
2matches in his 21 year professional career, making him
3America's Champ; and
4    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali was an inspiration for future
5generations; he knew becoming America's Champ required
6discipline and said "Don't count the days, make the days
7count."; he did not let distractions keep him from his goal;
9    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali was a true American Patriot; he said
10"All I can do is fight for truth and justice." and would hold
11leaders that represented him to a standard of ethics; and
12    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali was an example of a powerful
13American life; he represented the power of a single individual
14voice embodying the values that create champions; and
15    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali was committed to uniting our country
16and held deliberate conversations with others who held
17opposing views; he said "I want to be remembered as a man who
18tried to unite all humankind through faith and love."; and
19    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali showed perseverance; even though he
20had Parkinson's disease, which impaired his motor skills and
21speech later in his life, he continued his work as a global



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1humanitarian and a goodwill ambassador; and
2    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali was a dedicated philanthropist; he
3helped people around the world who were battling hunger,
4helped at local soup kitchens and hospitals, worked with the
5Special Olympics and the Make A Wish Foundation around the
6world, and vocalized support for Parkinson's disease research;
8    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali had a commitment to service and
9faith; he said "Truly great people in history never wanted to
10be great themselves. All they wanted was the chance to do good
11to others and be close to God."; he found strength in his
12faith; and
13    WHEREAS, Muhammad Ali, known as America's champ, was a
14devoted American Muslim; he said "Islam means Peace." and
15brought honor to the United States by relying on courage he
16found in his faith to stand up against injustices worldwide;
17therefore, be it
20we declare January 17, 2021 as Muhammad Ali Day in the State of
21Illinois to commemorate this inspirational, ambitious,
22hard-working, and courageous true African-American Muslim



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1patriot who upheld the values of our State and our country in
2the most profound way.