Professional Developments for K-12 Teachers

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 3:30PM to 5:30PM | Title: Slavery, Race, and Capitalism: An Enquiry | Speakers: Dr. Robert Fitzgerald, Dr. Andrew Hartman, Dr. Robin Whitburn, and Kate Pole

This two-hour session will be centered around illuminating the nexus between slavery, race, and capitalism to help teachers do justice in their history classrooms in terms of what should be taught concerning this nexus and how they can better teach it. The audience for this professional development is primarily for secondary level U.S. history teachers, however, it could be pertinent for those in middle schools who might teach about slavery in their history/social science classes. This session will also include portions pertaining to both theory and practice – those present will have moments of hands-on interaction with key documents and/or historical interpretations concerning the subject.


Morgan Szabo

JCPS hours of professional development at the Ali Center

Monday, September 24, 2018 @ 3:30PM to 5:30PM | Screening: Real Boy | Speaker: Dr. Ryan Combs from University of Louisville

Real Boy is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Speaker and discussion to follow the film.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @ 3:30-5PM and Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 3:30-5PM | Screening: Viva La Causa | Speakers: Sara Nuñez, Assistant Director, Hispanic and Latinx Initiatives at UofL

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.

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 3:30-5PM | Screening: One Survivor Remembers | Speaker: TBA

One Survivor Remembers is a documentary film by Kary Antholis in which Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein recounts her six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty, including the loss of her parents, brother, friends, home, possessions, and community. A production of HBO and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the film won the 1995 Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject and the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special.  Speaker and discussion to follow the film.

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.


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.

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