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The Real History Behind Amazon’s “One Night in Miami”

Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke in historical photo and in remake of photo for film One Night in Miami

One Night in Miami directed by Regina King is anticipated to depict the night in Miami described below. 

On February 25, 1964 Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, had a scheduled match against Sonny Liston at the Miami Beach Convention Hall for the title of the world heavyweight champion.

Malcom X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown witnessed Muhammad Ali win the world heavyweight championship.  Sonny Liston defeat was verified when he [Liston] refused to continue into the seventh round of the match.


The gentlemen celebrated Muhammad Ali’s win at Hampton House. Hampton House was a popular motel that African American leaders, performers, and athletes gathered at when they visited Miami in the late 1950s through 1960s. During this time, Miami Beach was still segregated, and this hotel offered service to African Americans. The images that we have today of Malcom X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown, and Muhammad Ali gathered together smiling was taken at Hampton House. 

Photos from the Night in Miami

All images were taken by Bob Gomel of Getty Images.

  • Muhammad Ali at the Hampton House Motel 1964
  • Muhammad Ali eating ice cream with Malcolm X standing over him at the Hampton House Motel 1964

Sources say that the group spent the night indulging in ice cream as they discussed religion, politics, and race. 

One Night in Miami Trailer

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