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Maryum Ali      

Youth Development & Juvenile Crime Prevention Expert; Daughter of Muhammad Ali

Maryum Ali, affectionately known as May May, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of Muhammad Ali’s nine children. When Maryum was a child, her father, Muhammad Ali, asked her, "What is your purpose?" She replied, “I want to help people.” Maryum's efforts to do just that has manifested in a myriad of ways throughout her life.

In the 1990's, she tried to inspire youth by being a role model within the music & entertainment industry. She performed as a stand-up comedian for twelve years in venues across the country, filling rooms with humor and insightful observations of social issues. In 1992, May May released her rap album, “The Introduction,” as she viewed music as a way to inspire youth to strive for their dreams despite challenges and hardships. But with the prevalence of female exploitation and other negative aspects within entertainment, Maryum shifted her plans toward inspiring young people in a more direct way.

Maryum returned to college and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She has over fifteen years of experience in the field of juvenile delinquency prevention and youth development. Maryum has worked with over three hundred youth and their families as a Case Manager and Program Director. She also served as a Regional Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development in the City of Los Angeles.

In 2016, the A&E Network heard about her work in high crime neighborhoods and invited her to participate in their docuseries, “60 Days In,” where she spent time as an undercover inmate in an Indiana jail. Additionally, she is a spokesperson for Team Parkinson and The Parkinson’s Unity Walk. Maryum is also the author of a children’s picture book about her father titled, "I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali” which was published in 2003.

Since 2016, Maryum has been public speaking, while developing a 3-year pilot program that will provide comprehensive services for youth and families.

Speech Topics


The Life and Legacy of Muhammad Ali: A Daughter's Perspective

  1. Maryum talks about her father’s life and the many lessons she has learned from him as a professional athlete, civil rights activist, humanitarian and man of faith.

  2. "I Am Ali" Documentary Film Screening and Q&A Session with Maryum Ali

About the film: I AM ALI is an intimate and heart-warming look at the man behind the legend, as we've never seen Ali before. This inspirational story is told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali's personal archive of audio journals combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends.

Let’s Talk, Let’s Listen: The Art of Communication

Maryum delivers an insightful and entertaining presentation on effective communication skills. Her vivid and down-to-earth workshop is an eye-opening experience, as she humorously demonstrates common communication scenarios audiences will identify with. Her relevant and useful content will imbue audiences with proven communication techniques they will feel inspired to learn and begin putting into action.

Topics

Barriers to Communication

Listening Techniques

Assertive Communication

Research shows that a lack of effective communication is the number one cause of broken relationships and inadequate work places. Poor communication often leads to family problems, conflicts, loneliness, dissatisfaction, stress and many other unwanted experiences. Unfortunately, over the course of our lives, many of us learn poor communication styles from family members, friends and broader societal norms. The good news is, we can learn communication techniques that will enhance our human interactions and give us more of what we want out of life.

Social and Human Services

Maryum is a Social Worker with fifteen years of experience in juvenile delinquency prevention and youth development, working with over three hundred youth and their families. She has served as a Director of gang prevention programs and as a Regional Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development in the City of Los Angeles.

Maryum shares thought-provoking stories about her passion for working with people impacted by institutional disparities, high rates of violence and other social issues. She talks about the ups and downs experienced in this field and how to overcome challenges. Maryum shares some of the best practices in being a collaborative partner with clients as they are on paths to understanding the greatness that lies within them. She also talks about how her father and family influenced her career choice.

Parkinson’s Disease

As an advocate for Parkinson’s disease (PD) awareness and research, Maryum tells a personal story about how her father dealt with Parkinson's and her family's experience. Her inspirational and informative talk includes a visual presentation with photos of various aspects of Muhammad Ali's journey with PD.

Topics include:

-Family Involvement

-The Impact of Optimism

-Improving Quality of Life

-The Importance of PD Research

-Ali Before PD

-The Symptoms

-Misdiagnosis & PD Diagnosis

-Challenges & Overcoming Challenges

News


Maryum Ali talks about her famous boxer dad at Atlanta event tonight

Maryum “May May” Ali said her father, the iconic and outspoken boxer, Muhammad Ali, wouldn't be surprised about the divisive climate sweeping the nation ...

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