Muhammad Ali loved the kids.
In 1974, the heavyweight boxing champion made an appearance on Candid Camera, a popular prank TV show at the time that frequently included celebrity cameos.
In one particular episode, young boys at a grammar school in Greenwich Village, New York were asked to write about and share what they would do if they ever met Ali. Unbeknownst to them, the boxing champion was on site at their school and suddenly appeared to surprise them.
Needless to say, their reactions were priceless. They proved just how powerful a man like Ali meant to kids of all races who looked up to him.