“We featured programming around Muhammed Ali at the March on Washington Film Festival because he exemplifies courage, tenacity and spirit: the very thing it takes to move this nation to the freedom promised us all. We will miss him, and appreciate his fight.”
-Robert Raben, March on Washington Film Festival Founder
As our community continues to mourn the death of Muhammed Ali—a man who brought his power not just to boxing, but also to the fight for freedom for African Americans and civil and human rights causes around the world—we’re thinking back to the 2014 Festival. That year, we screened The Trials of Muhammed Ali, a powerful film that looks at Ali’s battle to overturn his five-year prison sentence for refusing the Vietnam draft. It was just a moment the legend’s lifetime of speaking truth to power, but one that encapsulates his singular voice and influence.
You can view the 2014 panel in full below, and the trailer for The Trials of Muhammed Ali here.