Los Angeles Women's Expo - Day 2

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There is much to be said today about principles and standing for something. San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick currently has the country all abuzz – some in anger – about the stand he took against National Anthem, but he’s certainly not the first to do it.

There are many courageous notables who’ve protested in like fashion, but we recently lost a stellar athlete – who earned the title of “The Greatest of All Time” – who faced the backlash that Kaepernick is facin and more for a stance that he took against war.   The late Muhammad Ali was that athlete and he never backed down.

“If you think they’re being hard on Colin Kaepernick, they gave hell to Muhammad Ali,” said honoree Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Muhammad Ali lived by a set of principles – conviction, giving, confidence, respect, and spirituality – that helped catapult him to global prominence and respect, but more importantly, they were the foundation of a legacy that promotes striving for the betterment of the whole of humanity.

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