Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults
Join us to explore Muhammad Ali’s life and his impact on the Civil Rights Movement. We’ll discuss Ali's biography by the late Walter Dean Myers with Jeffrey Sammons, NYU professor and Ali historian, and Lily Wong, curator of the exhibition Muhammad Ali, LeRoy Neiman, and the Art of Boxing. After a discussion and Q&A, Lily Wong will lead families on a tour of this incredible exhibition.
About The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
This “fascinating and fast-paced biography” (Kirkus, starred review) takes readers on a journey through Ali’s life in and out of the ring. Myers expertly contextualizes Ali’s actions, struggles, and achievements amidst the social and political movements of the 1960s and 70s. From having his bike stolen as a boy, to joining the Nation of Islam, to his comeback after losing his boxing license, Myers shows young readers the bigger picture behind the one of the most important athletes of the 20th century, whom many consider to truly be the Greatest.
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Every month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home and then attend a Book Wrap event, where they share reactions to the book, see cool Museum artifacts and documents related to the story, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers and Avi and Rita Williams-Garcia, plus Museum curators, historians, and other experts.