This Sunday on KLRUQ join us as we air two documentaries on two of the greatest fighters of the 20th century: Jack Johnson and Muhammad Ali.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson – part 1 at 5:50 pm and part 2 at 7:45 pm
This film by Ken Burns chronicles the life and career of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion and one of the greatest fighters of the 20th-century. Johnson ultimately lost his title in a bout in Cuba in 1915, after fleeing the United States following his federal conviction for allegedly violating the Mann Act, a progressive-era law intended to crack down on commercialized vice, but used against Johnson to create an example against, to quote the prosecutor, “the evils of miscegenation.
Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami – starts at 9:30 pm
‘Muhammad Ali: Made In Miami’ explores the critical role that Miami played in the evolution of one of the significant cultural figures of our time: Muhammad Ali (nee Cassius Clay). The film chronicles Cassius Clay’s arrival in Miami in the fall of 1960 (fresh from earning a gold medal in the Rome Olympics), his life in Overtown — a neighborhood that was considered “Harlem South” and a vibrant center of black entertainment and commerce — and his affiliation with the famed Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach. Over the course of the next few years — coinciding with the height of the national civil rights movement — Clay evolved both professionally and politically, piling up victories in the ring and adopting the black separatist teachings of the Nation of Islam. This documentary makes clear, it was in this period that Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali.