New date and time is March 18 at 6:30 p.m.
“I’m the Greatest!” This was a phrase often shouted by Muhammad Ali during his career as one of the utmost heavyweight boxers in sport’s history.
But, in the 1960s, the young man of 22 years faced greater battles outside the ring, repeatedly finding himself in the midst of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.
On Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m., AETN, KUAR 89.1 FM and William F. Laman Public Library will present a free preview screening of the new film about Ali’s life in exile, “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.”
Following the screening, Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, and Ojima Omar Robinson, a practicing Muslim and Little Rock native, will lead a community conversation about the film and its relevance to the central Arkansas community.
“As a child, I admired Muhammad Ali’s accomplishments inside the boxing ring, but as an adult my greatest respect is for what he has achieved outside the ring to further social and racial justice,” said Twyman.
More about the Film
From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure.
In “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” Academy Award-nominated Bill Siegel examines some of the most noteworthy, provocative and resonant aspects of the legendary boxer’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation.
Time and Date: March 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
William F. Laman Public Library, Room 126