In fact, through conversations with the family, particularly Ilyasah Shahbaz, we learn that Muhammad Ali later in his life reached out to the Shahbaz family, reached out to the daughters of Malcolm X, and formed a relationship, a really strong bond.
Ilyasah Shabaz describes this relationship, as does some of the archival material we have with Attallah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X. And so Muhammad Ali really extended himself to them and became a figure in their life.
And I think that’s something that people really don’t know that came out of the interviews with the families.
And as Ilyasah mentions in the film, she feels that it’s very possible that he felt like he owed it to Malcolm over all these years, after all these years after his assassination there was still a love there, there was still a bond and a commitment.