‘One Night In Miami’ to remember 1964 battle featuring Muhammad Ali, Malcom X and Sam Cooke: Jan. 15

‘One Night In Miami’ to remember 1964 battle featuring Muhammad Ali, Malcom X and Sam Cooke: Jan. 15


On one unimaginable night in 1964, four symbols of sports, music, and activism accumulated to praise perhaps the greatest surprise in boxing history. At the point when dark horse Cassius Clay, destined to be called Muhammad Ali, (Eli Goree), crushes significant burden champion Sonny Liston at the Miami Convention Hall, Clay memorialized the occasion with three of his companions: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim

Brown (Aldis Hodge).

Based on the honor winning play of a similar name, and coordinated by Regina King, One Night In Miami… is an anecdotal record enlivened by the noteworthy night these four impressive figures spent together.

It takes a gander at the battles these men confronted and the imperative job they each played in the social equality development and social disturbance of the 1960s.


More than 40 years after the fact, their discussions on racial unfairness, religion,
and moral obligation still resonate.

A Happy Accident and An Obsession
The thought for the play which developed into the film One Night In Miami…came to Kemp Powers, who composed the content for both the play and the film, coincidentally and possibly by fate.

“I coincidentally found the thought while perusing a book about the crossing point of sports and the social equality development. It referenced that after his first loss of Sonny Liston, Cassius Clay, who might one day become Muhammad Ali, returned to the Hampton House Hotel in Overtown, Florida close to Miami where he went through a calm evening in discussion with companions Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown,”
says Powers.

“This was only a bit of passage in a book that sort of took my breath away at that point. I read that section once, at that point I needed to return and peruse it a couple of more occasions and go, stand by a minute.”

That mishap turned into an obsession.

“I couldn’t get that passage crazy. All things considered, these were four of my saints. I turned out to be exceptionally fixated on this thought of finding how these men met and why they were spending time with one another,” clarifies Powers. “I read each history I could on every one of the four men. I uncovered every
interview that I could discover. The more I found out about them, the more that it appeared to be normal that they would have been attracted to each other. They were unashamed in their specialty. They were unashamed in their political convictions. What's more, in the mid 1960s to be a free, unashamed Black man was very much a rarity.”

Part of the explanation Powers wrote the play is the generational importance of the discussion that occurred in the Hampton House Hotel actually has today.

“I composed the play in light of the fact that the existences of each of the four of these men address me. The discussion and discussion they participate in during the stage play is really the very discussion that I would have in my quarters with my companions when I was going to Howard University,” clarifies the writer.

“It’s this inquiry of what are the social obligations of a craftsman of shading? Would it be a good idea for me to need to have social obligations? Will I simply be a competitor? Can I simply be an artist? Could I simply be a craftsman? For what reason do I generally need to be a Black craftsman? What's more, the inquiry is, would it be a good idea for you to accept that? Would it be advisable for you to attempt to disappear from it? Also, that was the
discussion that I was having during the 1990s in my residence, and I’m sure that there’s a gathering of youngsters and youthful grown-ups of shading having that discussion right now in their dormitory.”

One Night in Miami, the play which is an envisioning of what may have happened that evening, debuted at the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles in June of 2013. The play’s debut creation garnered