In 1960, an 18-year-old boxer named Cassius Clay arrived in Miami, determined to become heavyweight champion of the world. Over the next few years, coinciding with the height of the national civil rights movement, he piled up victories in the ring, cultivated an outrageous style outside of it, and adopted the Black separatist teachings of the Nation of Islam. In 1964, he authored one of the most stunning upsets in boxing history, defeating the seemingly invincible heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Two days later, he declared his new identity: Muhammad Ali.

Broadcast on national PBS in 2008

Released internationally as Becoming Muhammad Ali

“A surprisingly fresh take on an early chapter of the Ali saga” — Sports Illustrated

Running Time 53:43

Producers Gaspar González | Alan Tomlinson
Directors Gaspar González | Alan Tomlinson
Concept By
Gaspar González
Cinematographer
Alan Tomlinson
Archival Research Francesca De Onis
Editor Marjie Farber
Assistant Editor Kirsten Strom
Colorist Clive Christopher
Music and Sound Mix Tracey Larvenz

A WLRN / Tomlinson-De Onis Production