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"...And then I come home with the Olympic gold medal and the lightheavy weight championship of the whole world representing my country, America.
Coming back to this city called Louisville, Kentucky, where I was born and raised.
And then go to a restaurant and can't get served. I did this a lot of times.
In the not summertime I'd go in an open door for a glass of juice, and they'd say, 'Can't serve you here, darkey.'
I went in one place and asked to be served and the waiter told the boss, 'He's the Olympic champion,' and the boss said, 'I don't give a damn who he is, get him the Hell out of here.'"
- Cassius Clay, St. Albans Daily Messenger, 1967