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Washington (CNN)Muhammad Ali may have first made his mark on the world as a boxer, but he'll also be remembered for his outspoken political positions. The three-time heavyweight, who died Friday after a lengthy fight with Parkinson's disease, rose to international prominence during the height of the civil rights movement and Vietnam War and often criticized the U.S. government on issues of war, race and class.