Muhammad Ali, The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Herbert Jabir Muhammad, son of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad
“You must remember that slave-names will keep you a slave in the eyes of the civilized world today. You have seen, and recently, that Africa and Asia will not honor you or give you any respect as long as you are called by the white man’s name. The example was evident when I took Muhammad Ali (the World’s Heavyweight Champion) out of the white man’s name (the name itself made him a servant and slave to the white man). All Africa and Asia then acclaimed him as also being their champion.
Just a change of name has given Brother Muhammad Ali a name of honor and a name of praise that will live forever (its meaning). His people of the near and far East acclaimed him and laid the red carpet for him to come among them as a prince.” ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Message To the Blackman in America, pg. 43