An Evening with Alexandria Boxer Anthony Suggs, Sr
|Title:||An Evening with Alexandria Boxer Anthony Suggs, Sr|
|Date & Time:||Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Location:||Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. (Map This)|
|Event Details:||Join the Alexandria Black History Museum for a screening of the documentary Out of the Ring Still in the Fight, which chronicles boxer Anthony “Da Beast” Suggs’ turbulent journey and path to redemption. A discussion with fellow Alexandria native, Michael Joyner, will follow the film. Visitors will also have the chance to buy Mr. Suggs autobiography, Da Beast Within Still the Champ, and have copies signed by the author. This event is free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film screening will begin at 7 p.m..
Anthony Suggs, Sr. grew up in Alexandria. Suggs punched his way to the top and was the Olympic Festival Gold Medalist which ranked him # 1 in the country and # 4 in the world. In 1987 he was recognized as the man to beat for the 1988 Olympics. While in training for the Olympics he lost his infant daughter to SIDS, and so did his dream of competing in the Olympics. Anthony literally hit rock bottom, his daughter’s death destroyed him spiritually, emotionally and physically. His chance to box in the Olympics was derailed by personal tragedy, followed by drug addiction and jail. Mr. Suggs credits his faith as the means for turning his life around. He has since dedicated himself to making a positive impact in the community, serving as a motivational speaker, youth mentor, and basketball coach. Mr. Suggs has won numerous service awards, and he continues to be a role model in the community.
Michael Joyner was raised in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. After receiving a degree in Fine Arts, he went on to work for The United Way of America and Black Entertainment Television. Mr. Joyner has collaborated with numerous celebrities in the entertainment industry. He has won several awards, including the Sony Innovators Award, an Emmy Award, and 2 NAACP Image Awards. Mr. Joyner is a volunteer youth mentor, and he also coaches basketball with Anthony Suggs.
|Contact Phone No.:||703.746.4356|
|Fees:||Free, but reservations are encouraged.|
|Audience:||Anyone may attend|
|Tags:||Black History Museum, Museums, Old & Historic Alexandria, Parker Gray|
For event details visit http://www.alexandriava.gov/c/16728
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