The Muhammad Ali Center has announced that Donald Lassere will be its new president and CEO effective May 14. Lassere has most recently served as senior vice president of Scholarship America, an education assistance program based in Minnesota. “Muhammad and I are grateful and excited to welcome Donald as the new CEO of the Muhammad… Continue reading Ali Center Apppoints New CEO
A state historical marker that will eventually be placed at the childhood home of Muhammad Ali was unveiled today. The bronze marker is currently on display at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. It will be moved to the west Louisville home in the spring. Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, grew up in… Continue reading Historical Marker To Be Placed At Ali’s Childhood Home
Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., unveiled the Muhammad Ali Legacy Act, which establishes a federal grant program to preserve the legendary boxer’s humanitarian efforts to promote global respect, understanding and communication. The bill authorizes $5 million a year for three years, which would be administered by the State Department… Continue reading Yarmuth Introduces Muhammad Ali Legacy Act
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali turns 70 Tuesday, and a public celebration is underway at the Ali Center in downtown Louisville. “We have a jam-packed weeklong lineup of activities for the community, many of which are free or discounted,” said center spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke. Several films about the Louisville native’s life and career will be screened… Continue reading Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Celebration Underway
More than 300 people, including notables from the fields of entertainment, sports and politics, will take part in a fundraising gala tomorrow night to mark Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday. The guest list for the $1,000 per plate private dinner at the Ali Center includes the boxing legend’s longtime trainer, Angelo Dundee, musician John Mellencamp and… Continue reading Ali Birthday Celebrations Begin This Weekend
A longtime friend of Muhammad Ali says the former boxing champ is back at his home in Arizona and doing well after being hospitalized earlier this month. John Ramsey tells the Courier-Journal that he spoke with Ali’s wife, Lonnie, last evening. There were media reports this week that Ali was rushed to the hospital after… Continue reading Friend Says Ali Doing Well After Hospital Stay
Ali, arguably the most prominent US Muslim, released aletter he wrote to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Wednesday.
The February 1st letter asks Khamenei to release Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were arrested while hiking in northern Iraq near the Iranian border.
Activities include a Kentucky Opera performance and a meet-and-greet with Earl Lloyd, the first African -American to play in the NBA.
Today from noon until 5:00pm, the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville will mark the historic anniversary with a series of special events.
The Greater Louisville Pride Foundation has put up 17 large murals of famous Louisvillians throughout the city — and it’s getting ready to mount another. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports. The foundation’s Hometown Heroes project began to recognize current or former citizens known for excellence in their fields and first hung an image of Muhammad Ali.… Continue reading Mural Project to Recognize Dancer Wendy Whelan