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Community Cinema offers free screening of ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), UALR Public Radio/KUAR FM 89.1 and William F. Laman Library invite the public to a free screening of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m.

The screening will be held in the library’s auditorium, 2801 Orange St.

“The Trials of Muhammad Ali” explores the extraordinary and complex life of the legendary athlete outside the boxing ring. From joining the controversial Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Ali remains an inspiring and controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion and wartime dissent.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel, “The Trials of Muhammad Ali” examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked fame and fortune to follow his faith. Focusing on some of the most noteworthy, provocative and resonant aspects of the legendary athlete’s life, the film explores Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation.

A panel discussion with Dr. Michael R. Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, and Ojima Robinson, Little Rock native and practicing Muslim, will follow the screening.

Additional information is available by calling AETN at 800-662-2386 or visiting aetn.org/communitycinema.

Community Cinema, a free monthly screening series engaging communities through films produced by the Independent Television Service, features monthly screenings followed by panel discussions with leading organizations, local communities and special guest speakers. The program is designed to help people learn about and get involved in the social issues raised in the documentaries.

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