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Remembering Muhammad Ali

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 10, 2016 10:23 AM

WITF will rebroadcast two documentaries about Muhammad Ali on June 16th.  Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 on June 3. 

9:00pm - In their Own Words: Muhammad Ali - Follow Muhammad Ali's path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson's disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics. Muhammad Ali died in June 2016 at the age of 74.

10:00pm - Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami - This film explores the critical role that Miami played in the evolution of one of the most significant cultural figures of our time: Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay). The film chronicles Cassius Clay's arrival in Miami in the fall of 1960 (fresh from earning a gold medal in the Rome Olympics), his life in Overtown -- a neighborhood that was considered "Harlem South" and a vibrant center of black entertainment and commerce -- and his affiliation with the famed Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach. Over the course of the next few years -- coinciding with the height of the national civil rights movement -- Clay evolved both professionally and politically, piling up victories in the ring and adopting the black separatist teachings of the Nation of Islam. As MUHAMMAD ALI: MADE IN MIAMI makes clear, it was in this period that Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali.

Available online - Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali - This is the story of Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.  Watch online through June 28...

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