Today In History: Ali refused to be inducted into the Army

On April 28, 1967, boxing champ Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army after being drafted by the U.S. Armed Forces. AP Photographers have been documenting the world since the 1900s and AP’s groundbreaking photography has won 31 Pulitzer Prizes over the past 90 years. APImages.com is the definitive source for both current and historical photography, so feel free to browse AP’s historical image collections here.

Heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, center, leaves the Armed Forces induction center with his entourage after refusing to be drafted into the Armed Forces in Houston, April 28, 1967. Hundreds of Ali fans and supporters filled the streets to greet him when he left the building. (AP Photo)Heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, center, leaves the Armed Forces induction center with his entourage after refusing to be drafted into the Armed Forces in Houston, April 28, 1967. Hundreds of Ali fans and supporters filled the streets to greet him when he left the building. (AP Photo)

Muhammad AliHeavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) displays a publication titled ‘Muhammad Speaks’ as he addresses a rally at predominantly Black Howard University on April 22, 1967 in Washington. Clay, who prefers to be called Muhammad Ali, faces induction in the Army on April 28, but he says he’ll go to prison before he, service. (AP Photo)

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali almost loses possession of his statement as he enters the Armed Forces induction station in Houston, April 28, 1967. Ali said the envelope contained a statement he would make regarding his induction proceedings. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali almost loses possession of his statement as he enters the Armed Forces induction station in Houston, April 28, 1967. Ali said the envelope contained a statement he would make regarding his induction proceedings. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)

Boxer Cassius Clay is pictured at the Induction Center in Houston Texas on April 28, 1967. (AP Photo)Boxer Cassius Clay is pictured at the Induction Center in Houston Texas on April 28, 1967. (AP Photo)

Muhammad AliA uniformed member of the armed forces explains proceedings to Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) at the induction center in Houston on April 28, 1967. Clay arrived at the center along with other inductees and went immediately into a room where the examinations are conducted. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands outside the federal court house in Houston following a hearing on an injunction to keep him out of the Armed Forces, April 28, 1967. The judge told Ali to refile his plea after induction proceedings. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands outside the federal court house in Houston following a hearing on an injunction to keep him out of the Armed Forces, April 28, 1967. The judge told Ali to refile his plea after induction proceedings. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman)

Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali exclaims "Why me?" when informed his draft board in Louisville, Kentucky had reclassified him 1-A in the draft, Feb. 17, 1966. Ali surrounded himself with youngsters from his neighborhood as he told of his feelings in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Toby Massey)Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali exclaims “Why me?” when informed his draft board in Louisville, Kentucky had reclassified him 1-A in the draft, Feb. 17, 1966. Ali surrounded himself with youngsters from his neighborhood as he told of his feelings in Miami, Fla. (AP Photo/Toby Massey)

World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali sits in his room on his arrival in Houston, Feb. 20, 1967. The champ was silent on his thoughts about his draft status referring all questions to his New York attorney. The Houston Selective Service appeals board refused his appeal for a deferment. He was trying for a deferment on grounds that he is a Muslim minister. Ali starts training tomorrow for his title defense against Zora Folley on March 22 in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali sits in his room on his arrival in Houston, Feb. 20, 1967. The champ was silent on his thoughts about his draft status referring all questions to his New York attorney. The Houston Selective Service appeals board refused his appeal for a deferment. He was trying for a deferment on grounds that he is a Muslim minister. Ali starts training tomorrow for his title defense against Zora Folley on March 22 in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)

Muhammad Ali is seen at a news conference in Louisville, Kentucky, April 20, 1967, to say he will not accept miltary service of any nature when he is called for induction In Houston on April 28. He said "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong," and that the real enemy of his people "is right here" and not in Vietnam or anywhere else. (AP Photo)Muhammad Ali is seen at a news conference in Louisville, Kentucky, April 20, 1967, to say he will not accept miltary service of any nature when he is called for induction In Houston on April 28. He said “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong,” and that the real enemy of his people “is right here” and not in Vietnam or anywhere else. (AP Photo)


 

Lead Image Caption: World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali chats on the phone with a friend in his room on his arrival in Houston, Feb. 20, 1967. The champ was silent on his thoughts about his draft status referring all questions to his New York attorney. The Houston Selective Service appeals board refused his appeal for a deferment. He was trying for a deferment on grounds that he is a Muslim minister. Ali starts training tomorrow for his title defense against Zora Folley on March 22 in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Kolenovsky)

 

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