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Celebrities in the Food Business, Muhammad Ali

Champburger burger (Photo from http://www.mixingbowl.com/home/view.castle
As a Member of the Nation of Islam Muhammad Ali refused to fight in the Vietnam War. As he told one reporter, “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Congs. No Viet Cong ever called me Nigger.” His anti-war position resulted in five years in prison and a fine of $1,00,000.  He appealed the decision and remained out of jail and had to surrender is passport.  The World Boxing Association took his title and boxing license so he could not fight in the United States. To support his family, Ali among other activities, signed a restaurant franchise deal in 1968 that launched a chain of black-owned-and-operated “Champburger Palaces” in black neighborhoods. Champburger menus included Champburgers, all beef “hot dogs, along with fried chicken, fried and boiled fish and Mr. Champ soft drinks.

Childhood Through the Lens of Food

Celebrities in the Food Business, James Brown