Ali surrounded by fans seeking autographs after he gave a speech at the Howard University on April 22, 1967. He encouraged the enthusiastic crowd to reject the "white is beautiful" paradigm: "See, we have been brainwashed. Everything good and of authority was made white. We look at Jesus, we see a white with blond hair and blue eyes. We look at all the angels, we see white with blond hair and blue eyes. Now, I'm sure if there's a heaven in the sky and the colored folks die and go to heaven, where are the colored angels? They must be in the kitchen preparing the milk and honey. We look at Miss America, we see white. We look at Miss World, we see white. We look at Miss Universe, we see white. Even Tarzan, the king of the jungle in black Africa, he's white!"
To prove his point, Ali concluded his Howard address with the assertion that "Black dirt is the best dirt. Brown sugar causes fewer cavities, and the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice." (Quotes from Muhammad Ali: A Man of Many Voices)
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