Henry D. Ormsby III Series: Muhammad Ali
In 1999 ESPN named Muhammad Ali as the third greatest athlete of the 20th century. That same year, Sports Illustrated awarded him Sportsman of the Century. Ali was undoubtedly the greatest boxer of all time. Yet more important than the intense, near superhuman, dedication he channeled into his sport, was his status as symbol of hope, unity, and peace worldwide. In honor of this incredible Louisvillian, The Filson Historical Society in conjunction with the Muhammad Ali Center will be hosting a four-part lecture series dedicated to Ali’s life and philosophy.
November 7 | 1942-1964: A Young Black Man in Segregated Louisville
We will examine Ali’s childhood in Louisville, his frustrations with a racially segregated society, his earliest amateur boxing matches, and his trip to the 1960 Olympics, which introduced him to the world arena.
November 14 | 1964-1971: A Boxer Exiled for His Convictions
In 1964, Ali won his first professional championship, but by 1967 he was banned from boxing for, what some referred to as “draft dodging.” This lecture will look at Ali’s pro boxing, his conversion to Islam, and his commitment to pacifism.
November 21 | 1971-1981: The Greatest Boxer in the World
After his exoneration, Ali returned to professional boxing and won two more world heavyweight championships, solidifying his place as one of the greatest American athletes of all time and the greatest boxer in history.
November 28 | 1981-2016: International Icon for Peace
Following his retirement, Ali focused on his life’s most enduring and inspiring work: his advocation for social change on a global scale and tackling of the cultural issues that had motivated him since his childhood days in Louisville.
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