Professional Developments for K-12 Teachers

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 4:30-6:30PM | Screening: Pushing the Elephant | Speaker: TBA

In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of Congo. She emerged advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. In a country where ethnic violence has created seemingly irreparable rifts among Tutsis, Hutus and other Congolese, this remarkable woman is a vital voice in her beleaguered nation’s search for peace.

When war came to Rose’s village, she was separated from her five-year-old daughter, Nangabire. Rose managed to escape with nine of her ten children and was eventually resettled in Phoenix, Arizona. Over a decade later, mother and daughter are reunited in the US where they must face the past and build a new future. As mother and daughter get to know one another, they must come to terms with a painful past, and define what it means to be a survivor, a woman, a refugee and an American.

Speaker and discussion to follow the film screening.


Morgan Szabo

JCPS hours of professional development at the Ali Center

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 3:30-5PM | Screening: Viva La Causa | Speakers: TBA

The Story of César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and a Great Movement for Social Justice

Viva La Causa focuses on one of the seminal events in the march for human rights—the grape strike and boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the 1960s. Viva la Causa shows how thousands of people from across the nation joined in a struggle for justice for the most exploited people in our country—the workers who put food on our tables. There will be a speaker and discussion to follow the film.


The Muhammad Ali Center is an ally to schools and organizations in advancing education, inclusion, and equity through unique professional development programs. Set in the immersive learning environment of the Muhammad Ali Center, participants are challenged to examine social justice in both historic and contemporary contexts, confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and assume responsibility for positive change. We provide interactive, experiential programs that help educators and organizational leaders to fulfill their potential both as people and professionals.

2017 Muhammad Ali Center :: All Rights Reserved