Muhammad Ali

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Screening & Boxing Event

Did you miss our live screening and boxing exhibition event, or want to experience it again? Join us again for an intimate screening of clips from the film MUHAMMAD ALI by Ken Burns, along with a discussion about Ali's life and legacy with local leaders. We finished the night with a special boxing exhibition by students of Erie Boxing Academy.


Watch MUHAMMAD ALI anytime on WQLN PBS Passport.

Red Bike Moment

What is a Red Bike Moment?©

A Red Bike Moment© is a transformational event in your life that occurred because of a challenge or overcoming some type of adversity.

When Muhammad Ali—then Cassius Clay—was twelve years old, his new red Schwinn bicycle was stolen. Clay, in tears, found a policeman to report the crime to and stated that he wanted to “whup” the thief who stole his bike. Serendipitously, the policeman was Sergeant Joe Martin, who trained boxers. He encouraged Clay to return to the gym and learn how to box before looking for retaliation. Cassius Clay’s stolen bike was a pivotal moment in his life because it led to boxing; it became his “Red Bike” Moment.

Share Your Red Bike Moment©

Each and every one of us has a story to tell. To celebrate Ali’s legacy and the upcoming Ken Burn’s film MUHAMMAD ALI, the Muhammad Ali Center is partnering with PBS stations to collect stories from people across the country about moments in their life that helped make them who they are today. It can be a large or small moment – if it has had a profound impact on your life in any way, it counts.

Simply  share a video or photo post on  social media telling your story. Don’t forget to tag #RedBikeMoment along with the Muhammad Ali Center (#AliCenter) the film (#MuhammadAliPBS) to share it with the world!

Posts on Facebook or Twitter tagging the Muhammad Ali Center will be considered for inclusion in the Ali Center’s Red Bike Moment© digital archive.

Facebook: @MuhammadAliCenter | Twitter: @AliCenter | Instagram: @AliCenterLou
#RedBikeMoment | #AliCenter | #MuhammadAliPBS

Conversations on Ali

PBS and Ken Burns will collaborate with ESPN’s “The Undefeated” to host a series of four virtual conversations around Ali’s life and career in the context of race in America today featuring clips from the film.

These events will feature authors, scholars, sports and entertainment figures, and are FREE and open to the public. Availability is limited, so register today!



  Watch Now Wednesday, June 23
"Ali the Man"


  Watch Now Monday, July 19
"Ali on the World's Stage"


  Watch Now Thursday, September 9
"Ali, Race & Religion"


  Watch Now Tuesday, September 14
“Ali, Activism & The Modern Athlete”

About the Program


Muhammad Ali 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 throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Born Cassius Clay, Jr., Ali rose from boxing amateur to Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion, just as he had promised he would at the age of twelve. He wrote his own rules – in the ring and in his life – infuriating his critics, baffling his opponents, and riveting millions of fans. He spoke his mind and stood on principle, staying true to his Islamic faith and refusing induction into the U.S. Army, even when it cost him his livelihood. Banished for his beliefs, he returned to boxing an underdog, reclaimed his title twice, and became the most famous man on earth. An intimate portrait of a larger-than-life global icon, this four-part, eight-hour documentary tells the story of an exceptional athlete whose influence transcends boxing. “He was,” the novelist Norman Mailer wrote, “the very spirit of the 20th Century.”
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Corporate funding for MUHAMMAD ALI was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by David M. Rubenstein. Major funding was also provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and by its members Alan and Marcia Docter; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Tudor Jones; The Fullerton Family Charitable Fund; Gilchrist and Amy Berg; The Brooke Brown Barzun Philanthropic Foundation, The Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and The Augusta Brown Holland Philanthropic Foundation; Perry and Donna Golkin; John and Leslie McQuown; John and Catherine Debs; Fred and Donna Seigel; Susan and John Wieland; Stuart and Joanna Brown; Diane and Hal Brierley; Fiddlehead Fund; Rocco and Debby Landesman; McCloskey Family Charitable Trust; Mauree Jane and Mark Perry; and Donna and Richard Strong. And by viewers like you.