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Mayor announces Ali’s Town will air on KET, a new school program created to honor The Greatest

To celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 80th birthday, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced several ways to honor The Greatest, including Kentucky Educational Television (KET) airing Ali’s City documentary and a new program of middle and high school created to teach students about the impact Muhammad Ali had on his hometown and the world.

“Just as Muhammad wanted to be a champion boxer and a great humanitarian, City of Ali aspires to move audiences into the world of commercial documentary and inspire young people in classrooms across the United States and beyond,” said Mayor Fischer. “Muhammad loved children and respected the many teachers, coaches and mentors who guided and supported him from his early days at Virginia Avenue School and Central High School in Louisville.”

City of Ali is a documentary that examines the impact of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life, watching his journey from the neighborhoods of Louisville to all corners of the globe and finally back, when he returned for his final rest, and brought back the rest of the world with him.

Feedback from early screenings of City of Ali made it clear that the film connects with young people, especially teenagers, as well as educators.

“As filmmakers, our goal is to work with teachers to use this film to introduce a new generation to the life and legacy of The Champ, to help them understand why he meant so much, especially to their parents and grandparents. -parents, and why his time growing up in Louisville mattered,” said City of Ali producer Jonathan McHugh and director Graham Shelby. “There are lessons in these moments that will resonate through the generations.”

Originally released in June 2021, the 81-minute documentary on the city of Ali includes the voices of people who knew Muhammad when he was young, alongside the voices of young people today, people who don’t have ever seen him fight and who had no personal connection with him. , but who were inspired by his story and his example. This film details the impact Muhammad Ali had on both his hometown and the world, and helps viewers see how they can extend his legacy into their own lives.

“One of the reasons Muhammad Ali is important is that he fought for the just cause of bringing people together and convincing us all to respect our common humanity,” the mayor said. “This work is as important and urgent as ever. Our hope is that by making Ali’s City and this specially designed curriculum available to teachers and students, we can help move this work forward, one classroom at a time.

In a partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Metro Government and the creators of City of Ali, anti-racism scholars Aven Cook and Rachel Klein have created a comprehensive 86-page guide tailored to the milieu and high school students in Louisville and across Kentucky “Honoring Greatest Through ‘City of Ali’ – A Complete Curriculum Guide for Middle and High School Exploration” includes lesson plans with prompts writing and discussion as well as learning objectives tailored to specific Kentucky academic standards.

“A teaching framework on The Greatest is entirely appropriate. He embodied racial equity and his legacy is a lesson we can all learn from,” said JCPS Equity Director Dr. John Marshall.

The documentary’s classroom lessons can be taught at any time during the school year, but are particularly relevant around the time of Muhammad Ali’s 80th birthday (January 17), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 17) and black history. Month of February.

The mayor thanked local community leaders who helped make the film and program, including Brown-Forman, the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Muhammad Ali Center and Louisville Tourism. “Muhammad had only one hometown, and we are grateful to our amazing community partners who are very proud of this connection,” he said.

“We are thrilled to support City of Ali, a documentary that captures Muhammad Ali’s tremendous legacy in Louisville and around the world. The film reminds us of the power of community and what can be accomplished when we come together,” Mason B. Rummel, President and CEO, James Graham Brown Foundation.

“The week following Muhammad’s passing was an inimitable experience that the Louisville community has collectively shared but still cannot fully describe. Having a film that illustrates why this week was so powerful is of great significance to the local and global,” said Jeanie Kahnke, senior director of Public Relations and External Affairs at the Muhammad Ali Center. “It is even more important to have a curriculum of Ali’s city available to younger generations that will provide the history and context of Ali’s life from Muhammad, extend his legacy through learning in the classroom and will carry greatness into their own homes and communities.”

“Louisville is proud to be able to show the world how important our native son was – both by celebrating his life’s accomplishments and the impact felt globally since his death as we strive to move his life forward. With engaging visitor experiences at the Muhammad Ai Center, the self-guided Footsteps of Greatness Tour, and the annual Ali Festival, Louisville continues to bring people together year after year to preserve its vibrant energy, passionate teachings, and core principles. said Cleo Battle, President and CEO, Louisville Tourism.

To celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 80th birthday, KET will air City of Ali on January 17 at 8 p.m. and Thursday, January 20 at 9 p.m.

“KET is thrilled to bring City of Ali to Commonwealth viewers and share in the remembrance and celebration of the legacy of one of Kentucky’s most famous sons,” said Shae Hopkins, executive director and CEO of Kentucky Educational. Television.

The Ali City Curriculum will be hosted here and is available free to educators.

Please go here to find out where City of Ali can be streamed:

Watch the City of Ali trailer here:

Join The Champ’s birthday celebration on social media using the hashtag #Ali80.

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