Maryum Ali, Lecture: "Learning From & Applying the

Thursday, February 22, 2018
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Luhrs Performing Arts Center
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(Shippensburg University students FREE with ID)

Maryum Ali, affectionately known as May May, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest child of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s nine children. As a little girl, her father asked her what she thought her purpose in life was and she replied, “I want to help people.” Maryum’s efforts to help people have manifested in a myriad of ways throughout her life.

During a successful 12-year career as a stand-up comedienne, Ali filled rooms with humor and insightful observations of social issues, while writing rap lyrics with plans of publishing her music. May May released a rap album called “The Introduction,” and viewed music as a way to inspire youth to strive for their dreams despite challenges and hardships. As rap music evolved and changed, Maryum decided to find a more direct way to help youth and left show business to pursue a degree in Social Work.


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