Muhammad Ali - Bigger Than Boxing. Larger than Life.

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"


  Register for event Thursday, September 9
"Ali, Race & Religion"


  Register for event 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.”
  • Erie Boxing Academy
  • Booker T. Washington Center
  • Level Red Boxing

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 Foundation, Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation and Augusta Brown Holland 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.