"Today we celebrate the life of Mohammad Ali, the legendary boxer and humanitarian. His life was about more than boxing. His was a life of purpose and conviction. He was, is, and forever will be, an inspiration to the world," Simpson-Miller said.
Simpson-Miller recounted how Ali said he wanted to be remembered: “I’d like them to say he took a few cups of love. He took one table spoon of patience; One table spoon, teaspoon of generosity; One pint of kindness. He took one quart of laughter; One pinch of concern. And then he mixed willingness with happiness. He added lots of faith. And he stirred it up well. Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime. And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.”
She said " Ali taught those bedevilled by self-doubt to believe in themselves and to reach for the greatness within. He said: “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
Ali refused to be defined by the world, noting that “I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.”
"I join the world in mourning his death and thanking him for his life of greatness and inspiration. Rest in peace, legend,"Simpson-Miller said.