Maryum "May May" Ali

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 industry, but the prevalence of female exploitation and other negative aspects within entertainment 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 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. Maryum is the author of a children’s picture book about her father titled, "I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali” that was published in 2003.

For the past three years, Maryum has been public speaking, while developing a 3-year pilot program that will provide comprehensive services for youth and families.



  • Women Working in Corrections & Juvenile Justice (WWICJJ) Conference - Louisville, KY

  • Washington Department of Health & Social Services: Children's Justice Conference - Bellevue, WA

  • Federal Communication Commission - Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Non-Violence - Washington DC

  • YWCA of Greater Portland, OR

  • United Way of Genesee County Fundraiser - Flint, MI 

  • Shippensburg University - Black History Month - Shippensburg, PA

  • Youth Policy Institute - Los Angeles, CA

  • The Women's March on Washington, DC

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme - Oxnard CA

  • One Safe Place Conference "Stop the Violence: Emerging Trends & Innovative Strategies" - Fort Worth, TX

  • United Way of Stanislaus County: Power of the Purse Fundraiser - Modesto, CA

  • Dallas Furniture Bank Charity Fundraiser- Dallas TX

  • Kentucky Association of Counties Conference: Louisville, KY

  • Brazos Valley Food Band, Inc. Fundraiser - Bryon, TX

  • Correctional Training Facility: Soledad State Prison - Soledad, CA 

  • American Jail Association (AJA) Conference - Louisville, KY

  • Kennedy King College - Chicago, IL

  • Hackensack University Medical Center - Hackensack, NJ

  • Parkinson Alliance and Parkinson Unity Walk - New York, NY

  • World Parkinson Congress Conference -  Portland OR

  • Abbvie Pharmaceuticals: Convention - Dallas, TX

  • Adamas Pharmaceuticals: Convention - Los Angeles, CA

  • South Coast Air Quality Management District: Martin Luther King Jr, Day of Service Forum- Los Angeles, CA

  • Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference - Toronto, Canada

  • Muslim Legal Fund of America - Dallas, TX

  • CAIR Fundraiser - Los Angeles, CA

  • MPAC Annual Gala - Los Angeles, CA

  • ISB's Change Makers Awards Gala - Atlanta, GA

  • Helping Hands for Relief & Development - San Diego, CA