Face of American boxer Muhammad Ali

Ken Burns’s Muhammad Ali

Don’t miss the story of the world’s greatest champion. We're proud to support Ken Burns,
Sarah Burns and David McMahon's Muhammad Ali film detailing his life and legacy.
Stream the series with PBS Passport, available on PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

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Letter from Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon

In this letter, the filmmakers talk about their experience telling the story of Muhammad Ali, a figure who has captivated billions of fans both in- and outside of the boxing ring with his unflinching insistence on being himself at all times.

President of Bank of America Charlotte Kieth Cockrell
talks with Ken Burns

Hear an insightful discussion with Ken Burns about what he discovered
in the making of Muhammad Ali and the many parallels to today.

How Ali connects to Today

Ken Burns discusses Muhammad Ali’s background and how the journey of boxing’s greatest champion is more relevant today than ever — in sport, culture and beyond.

“He is speaking to us with a kind of force and clarity ... that to me is just so enduring.” — Ken Burns

The Legacy of Muhammad Ali

From boyhood to becoming one of the most beloved people on the planet, Ken Burns shares what he and his team learned while making the 8 hour documentary on Muhammad Ali.

“I was just unprepared for how much my vision of him changed ... we’ve been working on this project for seven years.” — Ken Burns

Muhammad Ali Film Art

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the best-known and most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans throughout the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.

 Watch the trailer

Tune in to see Ken Burns chronicle the life of the world champion who fought the hardest to be himself.

Can our past inspire our future?

Since 2007, Bank of America has been proud to support the documentaries of Ken Burns as they give us in-depth discovery into the people and events that have shaped U.S. history. It’s part of our commitment to stories that move us forward. Learn more about our partnership here.