Khalilah Camacho-Ali talks about her detention, efforts to fight racism

On February 7, 2017, while returning from a speaking engagement in Jamaica, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the former wife of boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and her son, Muhammad Ali, Jr., were detained by authorities at the Fort Lauderdale airport. While being held, both she and her son were questioned repeatedly about their faith in Islam. In the current political climate, it is clear that discrimination towards minority groups is on the rise.

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs hosted a conversation with Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who discussed the current increase in acts of Islamophobia, antisemitism, and discrimination towards immigrants and people of color. She has made it her mission to speak with college students on how to counter this discrimination using tactics such as education, open-mindedness and cooperation.

Khalilah Camacho-Ali is mostly known for being the former wife of the late Muhammad Ali, the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. While traveling the world with her husband, Khalilah visited more than 100 countries and met more than 50 heads of state.

In the United States, Khalilah has met and worked with professionals and celebrities in the music and film industries. Khalilah’s mission is to advocate for the crucial need for family life and religious/spiritual obligations in today’s society. She presents regularly at schools, colleges, universities, prisons and corporations around the world. Her simple wish is to remind people to be kind to one another and to become the best that we can be.

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