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Lonnie Ali: Muhammad Ali's life provides guidance for all

Lonnie Ali, the widow of Muhammad Ali, spoke of his faith, his love, and his life at today's funeral in Louisville.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Here's a transcription of the video above if you cannot watch right now:

"Muhammad always knew instinctively the road he needed to travel. His friends know what I mean when I say he lived in the moment. He neither dwelled in the past nor harbored anxiety about the future. Muhammad loved to laugh, and he loved to play practical jokes on just about everybody.

"He was sure-footed in his self-awareness, secure in his faith, and he did not fear death. Yet his timing is once again poignant. His passing and its meaning for our time should not be overlooked. As we face uncertainty in the world and divisions at home as to who we are as a people, Muhammad's life provides useful guidance.

"Muhammad was not one to give up on the power of understanding, the boundless possibilities of love, and the strength of our diversity. He counted among his friends people of all political persuasions, saw truth in all faith, and the nobility of all races, as witnessed here today.

"Muhammad may have challenged his government, but he never ran from it, or from America. He loved this country and he understood the hard choices that are born of freedom. I think he saw a nation's soul measured by the soul of its people. For his part, he saw the good soul in everyone, and if you were one of the lucky ones to have met him, you know what I meant.

"He awoke every morning thinking of his own salvation, and he would often say, 'I just wanna get to heaven, and I've gotta do a lot of good deeds to get there.' And I think Muhammad's hope is that his life provides some guidance on how we might achieve for all people what we aspire for ourselves and our families."

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