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Watch 'The Trials Of Muhammad Ali' With Us

Friday, April 25, 2014

Muhammad Ali's toughest opponent may have been the U.S. justice system when he fought to turn over a five-year prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. "The Trials of Muhammad Ali," which we are screening on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (see below for details), is not a documentary about his boxing career but about this other great fight of his. The film traces the formative period in Ali's life beyond the ring. It may be unknown to young people today and neglected by those who think of Ali as merely a boxer.

As ITVS.org says:

Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion, and wartime dissent. The fury he faced from an American public enraged by his opposition to the Vietnam War and unwilling to accept his conversion to Islam, has global implications for generations now coming of age amidst contemporary fissures involving freedom, faith and military conflict.

Today, people are more likely to be introduced to Ali via footage of him lighting the Olympic torch in 1996, or being given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. This film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle. As we follow Ali’s struggle for justice through its final round in the Supreme Court, the film explores his political, spiritual, and cultural dimensions from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to the far corners of the earth, enabling audiences to consider the full resonance of Ali for all time.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m. we are screening this film.

What makes this screening different is that you can join in and be part of the conversation around that film as we watch it.

Through OVEE, we can bring everyone together around one film. We can have real time conversations as questions come up or as topics want to be explored. We are also hoping to have a few special guests to be part of the screening. Those guests are still TBD.

So what do you do?

Go to this link here.

You can go there today to add it to your calendar for a reminder. On Wednesday, get there a little before 7 p.m. and sign in. You can sign in with Facebook, anonymously, or set up your own account. Once you're signed in, you'll be able to see all the other people participating in the screening. We'll start promptly at 7 p.m.

If you have any questions about this, email Terry Parris Jr. here.