Muhammad Ali: In Their Own Words

About the Show

A documentary tracing Muhammad Ali's rise from the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Kentucky, to international fame, as he transcended his great athletic achievements to become one of the most influential Americans of his time. Key events include Ali's stunning Islamic conversion and name change, his dramatic stand against the Vietnam-era draft, his three-year exile from the ring, his comeback fights, his battle with Parkinson's disease and his inspirational re-emergence on the world stage at the Atlanta Olympics. Among those interviewed are Ali's daughters Laila and Maryum Ali, NFL great Jim Brown, boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, rappers and actors LL Cool J and Common, boxing promoter Bob Arum, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Lloyd Price and biographer Thomas Hauser.