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“THE GREATEST” RETURNS

“THE GREATEST” RETURNS

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The documentary Ali’s Comeback tells the story of how a group of Atlantans, including businessman Robert Kassel (top photo, on right), former mayor Sam Massell (middle photo) and Senator Leroy Johnson (bottom photo), arranged for boxer Muhammad Ali to stage his big comeback fight.

THE PREMIERE OF A NEW DOCUMENTARY SHARES AN INSPIRING ATLANTA STORY

The documentary Ali’s Comeback tells the story of how a group of Atlantans, including businessman Robert Kassel (top photo, on right), former mayor Sam Massell (middle photo) and Senator Leroy Johnson (bottom photo), arranged for boxer Muhammad Ali to stage his big comeback fight.

BY: Karon Warren

Sam Massell

After being stripped of the world heavyweight boxing title following a conviction for draft evasion in 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali’s future was unclear. While he fought the conviction in the courts, he was banned from boxing. After three-and-a-half years away from the ring, Ali would finally be able to return to boxing.

The film Ali’s Comeback documents how a group of diverse Atlanta residents—including an enterprising white businessman, a formidable black senator and a forward-thinking Jewish mayor—came together to help Ali return to the sport he loved. Directed by local filmmaker Art Jones, the movie will make its premiere at the Atlanta History Center on Jan. 17.

“We were interested in hosting the premiere because, in part, it tells an Atlanta story that deserves to be told: how a diverse cast of Atlantans worked together behind the scenes to give Muhammad Ali the opportunity to resume his boxing career,” says Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Senator Johnson

ALI’S COMEBACK
Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
$10 for non-members, $5 for members;
reservations recommended
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Rd. N.W.
Atlanta 30305
404.814.4000
atlantahistorycenter.com

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