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PBS Books, USA TODAY and Muhammad Ali Center Present Live Virtual Event in Honor of Ali’s 80th Birthday

Watch this nationwide virtual event Wednesday (January 12) at 8 p.m. ET
on the
PBS Books Facebook Page

Although Muhammad Ali is universally revered as the Greatest of All Time (or GOAT) for his exploits in the boxing ring, he has also become a champion of humanity through his commitment to serve outside the ring.

The full life and legacy of this global icon will be celebrated at a nationwide virtual event at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, on the PBS Books Facebook page.

Through a partnership led by PBS Books, USA TODAY and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, the evening’s program will highlight the dedication to courage, generosity, kindness and compassion embodied by Muhammad Ali in recognition of his 80se birthday on January 17th. Other partners include the Louisville Courier Journal, Metro Louisville United Way, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

His widow, and vice president and co-founder of the Ali Center, Lonnie Ali, will present the hour-long event. Guest speakers will include PBS filmmaker Ken Burns; Hana Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali; John Ramsey, a personal friend; David Chaudoir, long-time employee; and Dr Richard Lapchick, human rights activist, author, scholar and recipient of the 2021 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year award. Each participant will draw on their personal experiences with Muhammad and share their own perspectives on their life and his legacy as a humanitarian.

In addition to learning more about Muhammad Ali’s unique contributions to sport and society, this national virtual program will also encourage others to participate in The Greatest Give Back through service projects across the country, which are being held. every year on January 17th, Ali’s birthday. In 2022, that date coincides with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, providing another opportunity to give back to those in our own communities who suffer from racial or social injustice.

The virtual program will include a short video on the Ali Center and Ken Burns sharing inspiring commentary and a segment from his PBS documentary, “Muhammad Ali”.

It is the first program presented in a partnership between Gannett, owner of USA TODAY, and PBS Books, an initiative launched and managed by Detroit Public TV to encourage the love of reading. Through social and digital engagement and live coverage of major literary events across the country, PBS Books celebrates books and writers and strives to foster a passion for reading among viewers and media listeners. public.

In 2019, PBS Books launched a free library engagement program, which currently has more than 1,800 partner libraries sharing its content and programming. For more information, see