Muhammad Ali: Knocking Out the Barriers | October 26, 6 – 7:30 pm
“I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want to be and think what I want to think.” —MUHAMMAD ALI
Buffalo Toronto Public Media, along with partners Say Yes Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Athletic League, is hosting a virtual event to share segments from the documentary and spark conversations on the life of Muhammad Ali and intersections of religion, sports, race, and other social issues.
Directed by Ken Burns and written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Muhammad Ali is a four-part documentary series that premiered on September 19. The film brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th Century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere. The film follows the life of the boxing champion who challenged America’s racial prejudices, religious biases, and notions about the roles of celebrities and athletes in society.
“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” —MUHAMMAD ALI
Muhammad Ali filmmaker, David McMahon, will be joining us virtually as a panelist for the discussion. David McMahon has been making award-winning documentary films for more than a decade. With Ken Burns and Sarah Burns, he wrote, directed and produced The Central Park Five, Jackie Robinson, and East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story.
Moderator and other panelists will be listed soon.
Muhammad Ali: Knocking Out the Barriers
October 26, 6 – 7:30 pm
Muhammad Ali: A Model of Strength and Courage – November 4, 6 – 7:30 pm
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” —MUHAMMAD ALI
Buffalo Toronto Public Media, along with partners Say Yes Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Athletic League’s Youth Boxing program, is hosting a virtual event that focuses on young adults. During the event, segments of Muhammad Ali will be shown, members of Say Yes Buffalo’s Breaking Barriers program and Buffalo's Police Athletic League youth boxing program will share personal stories and thoughts on how they are related to Muhammad Ali’s 6 core principles.
Directed by Ken Burns and written and co-directed by Sarah Burns and David McMahon, Muhammad Ali is a four-part documentary series that premiered on September 19. The film creates opportunities to have intergenerational conversations about issues that made headlines during Ali’s lifetime and that are still making headlines today: the intersection of sports and politics; racial justice; racism and Islamophobia; civic engagement and youth involvement in social movements; athletes and philanthropy; and storytelling as a unifying force that also inspires deep reflection and connection.
Muhammad Ali’s life embodied his principles and ideals. They guided him through the hard work necessary to be the best athlete he could be, and they gave him the strength and courage throughout his life to stand up for what he believed.
- Confidence: belief in oneself, one’s abilities, and one’s future
- Conviction: a firm belief that gives one the courage to stand behind that belief, despite pressure to do otherwise
- Dedication: the act of devoting all of one’s energy, effort, and abilities to a certain task
- Respect: esteem for, or a sense of the worth or excellence of, oneself and others
- Giving: to present voluntarily without expecting something in return
- Spirituality: a sense of awe, reverence, and inner peace inspired by a connection to all of creation and/or that which is greater than oneself
Our speakers will be listed soon.