Join the Muhammad Ali Center for the 2022 “Athletes and Social Change Forum” this July 14-15 as we explore the intersections of art, athletics, and activism.
The Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum is an annual program that convenes athletes, scholars, practitioners, policymakers and advocates who are all working to advance the realm of sport and social change through the practice of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles: Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality and Giving. The Muhammad Ali Center Athletes and Social Change Forum is organized in collaboration with Eli Wolff of the Power of Sport Lab, and Dr. Mary Hums of the University of Louisville.
Protest: Art, Sport & Education
Friday July 15 at 1 pm – 2 pm EDT
How does creative expression influence the athletes and social change movement? What are athletes, advocates, and leaders doing to utilize creative expression—such as photography, music, film, short stories, poetry, drawing/painting, and sculpture—to raise their voices for human rights in sport and in society. How can creative expression change the narrative to bring more awareness to athlete activism and social change?
- Moderator: Dr. Yannick Kluch, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Mel Day, interdisciplinary artist, educator, and co-founder of The Wall of Song Project & Akilah Carter-Francique, San Jose State University
- Rigo 23, artist immersive installations or site-specific interventions. In 2015 he dedicated a major sculptural tribute to Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
- Rosy Petri, artist and storyteller
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2022
• 1 pm – 2 pm EDT Ali the Artist
• 2 pm – 3 pm EDT Athlete-Artist-Activist
• 3 pm – 4 pm EDT Sport and Social Change: Film, Photography and Music
FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2022
• 1 pm – 2 pm EDT Protest: Art, Sport, and Education
• 2 pm – 3 pm EDT Power of Sport: Poetry, Music, and Art
• 3 pm – 4 pm EDT Ali Values Compilation
For more information, contact Erin Herbert: email@example.com
If you are interested in participating in the forum as a presenter or panelist, please contact Eli Wolff: firstname.lastname@example.org
“We are in an important and transformational time for activism and social change in and through sport,” said Eli Wolff, director of the Power of Sport Lab. “Art, music, poetry, film and all forms of creative expression have a critical role that we need to continue to amplify and elevate in our collective work. “Muhammad Ali was an artist and he recognized the power at the intersection of art, athletics and activism that leaves a legacy that we can foster and build upon.”
This year’s Athletes and Social Change will consist of six online sessions over two days, including Ali the Artist, and Protest: Art, Sport, and Education.
“The power of art is that it can open us up to deeper questioning, reflecting, and connecting across different groups and ideas—laying groundwork for building meaningful coalitions and generative, collaborative platforms for social change efforts,” said Mel Day, interdisciplinary artist, educator, and co-founder of the Wall of Song Project. “Muhammad Ali Center’s Forum on Creative Expression is an important opportunity to explore the combined power and expressive possibilities of art-thinking, athletics, and athlete activism to help work toward the future we need.”
“Creative expression and sport are the backbones of our society,” said Chris Cardoza, photographer, filmmaker, and founder of Doza Visuals. “So when combined they create one of the most powerful tools for human rights activism and social change. Looking back through history sports greatest moments are not the wins and losses, it’s the moments that changed the world outside of a game. We remember those moments best because art and creativity keep the memories alive.”
Inspired by the Forum theme, the Hip Hop Loves Foundation will release “Pinnacle” an album in honor of Muhammad Ali’s core principles. René John-Sandy II, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Hip Hop Loves Foundation said, “‘ Pinnacle’ is a really special project for all to be a part of. It is a truly humbling experience to be able to create a project that pays homage to such a phenomenal human being, Muhammad Ali. His inspiration and impact on millions of people around the world surpasses the accomplishments he achieved in the boxing ring.”
The full list of presenters and moderators is: Ashleigh Hazley, Lorenzo Rowan, Marcus Jones, Dr. Mary Hums, Vanessa Chakour, Danielle Frost, Ilina Arsova, Dr. Courtney Flowers, Chris Cardoza, Keith Jones, Byron Hurt, Dr. Yannick Kluch, Mel Day, Akilah Carter-Francique, Rosy Petri, Antonio Arrendel, Dave Kay, Stephen Furlow-Munn, Moises Burgess, Rashaun Dillard, Maria Molteni, Eli Wolff, Rene John Sandy, Raquel Delgado, Majestic Da God, Xidus Pain, Maya Jupiter, Mirrah, Sirhighlight, Dumi Right, Erin Herbert, Rigo 23, and M’Dee.
Register to attend the forum: https://alicenter.org/
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