Rasheda Ali Walsh is a middle-aged woman author, host, and speaker. She is also one of the daughters of famous boxing legend Muhammad Ali and constantly works to carry on his legacy of goodwill.
Personal Life : Parents & Family
- Rasheda grew up as 1 of 8 siblings, but they weren’t all raised together.
- Through her father’s second marriage, Rasheeda gained her older sister…Muhammad’s firstborn – Maryum Ali. Maryum was followed by Rasheda & her twin, Jamillah Ali. Later, she had a younger brother, Muhammad Jr.
- Through father’s third marriage, she got her half-siblings Hana and Laila Ali, and through his fourth, she got an adopted half-brother.
- Now in her fifties, Rasheda is married to Robert Walsh and has two sons, Nico Ali and Biaggio Ali.
Education & College :
- In the early 90s, Rasheda attended the University of Illinois with her twin sister, Jamillah.
- They decided upon the University of Illinois due to its large class size, among other factors. The twins would blend in nicely, but also receive a quality education at a quieter school.
- She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree after majoring in Mass Communications.
Public Speaking Career : Salary & Net Worth
- Rasheda fell into public speaking easily after graduation. After being born as the daughter of a man who is arguably one of the greatest figures in the history of sports, it didn’t take much for her to garner an audience eager to hear some of the wisdom that might have been passed down from Muhammad.
- She was humble about her upbringing, however, and was devoted to using her platform for good.
- She is an advocate for stem cell research and constantly speaks on behalf of Parkinson’s Disease organizations. Parkinson’s is what ultimately led to Muhammad’s death.
- She travels all over the world to raise money and awareness and has been to Canada, England, France, South Africa, New Zealand, and even Poland to do so.
- Ali has also spoken on behalf of many organizations within the United States, and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, New York Nightly News With Chuck Scarborough, and Dateline With Katie Couric.
Service & Other Work :
- Rasheda has held a lot of volunteer positions over the course of the years, including as the Honorary Chairperson for the Florida Coalition to Cure Parkinson’s Disease.
- She currently serves as a patron for The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, and is also a board member of the leading biotech company BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics.
- Rasheda hosted her own TV show in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, she wrote and produced a celebrity access show & interviewed celebrity guests about their lives and projects.
Writing Work :
- In 2010, Ali published a children’s book called I’ll Hold Your Hand So You Won’t Fall: A Child’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease.
- The book was aimed at children with parents who have Parkinson’s Disease, and serves as a way to introduce them to the disease’s complications.