Ken Burns examines the life of an American icon in, Muhammad Ali a new four-part documentary series debuting September 19, 7 p.m., on WTVP HD 47.1. Sarah Burns and David McMahon co-write and co-direct with Burns.
Each Installment in the series will air back-to-back on September 19, 20, 21, 22.
POWER, SPEED, WIT AND CHARM
A three-time heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali captivated fans around the world with a combination of speed, agility and power in the ring, and his charm, wit and outspokenness outside of it. He challenged Americans’ racial prejudices, religious biases and notions about the role of celebrities and athletes in our society.
Drawing from archival footage and photographs, contemporary music, and the insights of family and friends, journalists and others, Muhammad Ali is a sweeping portrait of a man who called himself The Greatest. Learn why many agree with this self-assessment.
Muhammad Ali brings to life the boxing champion who became an inspiration across the globe
ROUND 1, THE GREATEST (1942-1964)
SEPTEMBER 19, 7 AND 9:15 PM
Boxer Cassius Clay rises up the amateur ranks to win gold at the 1960 Olympics. He turns professional, sharpening his boxing skills and honing his genius for self-promotion. In 1964, he upsets Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion.
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/19/2021 @ 7:00 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Sun, 09/19/2021 @ 9:15 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 09/20/2021 @ 12:30 AM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 09/21/2021 @ 2:00 AM
ROUND 2, WHAT’S MY NAME (1964-1970)
SEPTEMBER 20, 7 AND 9 PM
Cassius Clay publicly joins the Nation of Islam and takes the name Muhammad Ali. When he refuses induction into the Army, he is stripped of his title and forced into exile. After three years, he returns to the ring, but he's lost a step.
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 09/20/2021 @ 7:00 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Mon, 09/20/2021 @ 9:00 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 09/21/2021 @ 12:00 AM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/22/2021 @ 2:00 AM
ROUND 3, THE RIVALRY (1970-1974)
SEPTEMBER 21, 7 AND 9 PM
Muhammad Ali battles his fiercest rival, Joe Frazier, and the U.S. government, as he attempts to regain the heavyweight title. He first loses to and then defeats Frazier, but to become champion again, he will have to beat George Foreman.
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 09/21/2021 @ 7:00 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Tue, 09/21/2021 @ 9:00 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/22/2021 @ 12:00 AM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/23/2021 @ 2:00 AM
ROUND 4, THE SPELL REMAINS (1974-2016)
SEPTEMBER 22, 7 AND 9 PM
Muhammad Ali shocks the world by defeating George Foreman, winning back the heavyweight title and becoming the most famous man on earth. After retiring in 1981, he travels the world spreading his Islamic faith, and becomes a symbol of peace and hope.
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/22/2021 @ 7:00 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Wed, 09/22/2021 @ 9:00 PM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Thu, 09/23/2021 @ 12:00 AM
- WTVP-HD 47.1 - Fri, 09/24/2021 @ 2:00 AM
Ali On The World's Stage
A Q&A with Ken Burns, Lonnae O’Neal (moderator), Janet Evans, and Todd Boyd.
Ali the Man
A Q&A with Ken Burns, Jesse Washington (moderator), Rasheda Ali Walsh, and Howard Bryant.