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 7p.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.