Interview with Floyd Patterson
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

Floyd, two days after Clay fought Sonny Liston and won the heavyweight championship, he announced that he was a Black Muslim. What did you think of his announcement? And what did you think of the Black Muslims?

FLOYD PATTERSON:

Well, back then, ah, I really didn't know that much about the Black Muslims. It wasn't until he joined, joined the Black Muslims and, ah--

INTERVIEWER:

I need you to say Clay's name: "When Clay--"

FLOYD PATTERSON:

Oh, OK.

INTERVIEWER:

OK.

FLOYD PATTERSON:

Back then I really didn't know that much about the Black Muslims. But when I heard that Cassius Clay had joined them, ah, I began to read about them. I began to listen to interviews on the television. And Clay himself had an awful to say about it. And I'd always try catch any interview he, ah, had made back then. And I guess it was through Clay and Black Muslims themselves I learned more about them and what they believed in.