Muhammad Ali

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4:42 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'Rumble in the Jungle' Anniversary to be Celebrated in Louisville and Africa

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Muhammad Ali is renewing his ties with the African country where he won his epic "Rumble in the Jungle" fight  40 years ago.        

The Muhammad Ali Center has announced plans for a Sept. 20 benefit concert marking the anniversary of the bout.  The show will feature Grammy winning singer Bruno Mars.

The concert will be in Ali's hometown of Louisville and will air via satellite in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire, as part of a week-long music, sporting and cultural festival called CONGO14.

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Arts and Humanities
10:46 am
Tue September 24, 2013

HBO Movie on Muhammad Ali's Supreme Court Fight to Have U.S. Premiere in Louisville

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Muhammad Ali and his wife, Lonnie, are expected in Louisville next month to attend the U.S. premiere of the HBO film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight.

The showing will be invitation only on Oct. 2 at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville. Ali's daughter Laila and HBO Films President Len Amato are also scheduled to attend.

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight explores the Supreme Court case the champion heavyweight/native Louisville found himself in over the draft for the Vietnam War. 

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Local News
5:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Muhammad Ali Center to Present Humanitarian Awards

The first annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will be given out later this year in Louisville.

Six people age 35 and under will receive awards for their contributions to peace and justice.

Ali Center spokesperson Jeanie Kahnke says the awards are based on Muhammad Ali’s six core principles.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Louisville Boxer Rudell Stitch Honored With Downtown Mural

Rick Howlett

A Louisville boxer who died trying to save another man from drowning 53 years ago has been  honored with a “hometown hero” mural on Fifth Street.

Rudell Stitch was a welterweight who by 1960 had risen to number two in the world rankings.   Among his many admirers was young Olympic hopeful and sometime sparring partner Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali. 

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Local News
9:02 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Muhammad Ali's Daughter: Contrary to Report, the Greatest is OK

The Alis with President George W. Bush in 2005.
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NEW ORLEANS — Muhammad Ali's daughter knocked down rumors of her father being near death Sunday, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl.

May May Ali says she talked to her father Sunday morning on the phone and he was fine. She says he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey.

"He's fine, in fact he was talking well this morning," she said in a telephone interview. "These rumors pop up every once in a while but there's nothing to them."

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Arts and Humanities
1:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Art Exhibit Honors 'The Greatest' at Ali Center

Corey Pickett's "Freedom's Fight 2010," reclaimed colored cardboard (no paint)
Erin Keane WFPL News

A new art exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali is open at The Muhammad Ali Center. “Ali: the Greatest” is a fine art tribute curated by Evolve The Gallery in Sacramento, Calif. Gallery co-owners Brady and A. Michelle Blakeley challenged 19 artists from across the country to create works inspired by the boxing legend.

Though the artists all share the same subject, their work is anything but uniform.

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Local News
2:42 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Las Vegas Investor Buys Muhammad Ali's Boyhood Home

Muhammad Ali in 1967.
Ira Rosenberg Wikimedia Commons

The childhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been purchased by a Las Vegas real estate investor.

Last month, the single-story home in west Louisville’s Parkland neighborhood where Ali grew up was put up for sale. State lawmakers and Metro Council members had recently held a ceremony placing a historical marker in front of the house.

Jared Weiss is president and CEO of Motion Properties, and bought the home earlier this week for $70,000.

In a telephone interview with WFPL News, Weiss says he is a lifelong fan of Ali and wants to restore the home to honor the former heavyweight-boxing champion.

"Right now my options are open. I’d probably speak with the city and see what they think I could do with the property possibly. I’d like to refurbish it maybe back to the original look it had in the 1950s when he was growing up in it," he says. "Possibly a museum, but right now the options are open. But it’s definitely going to be part of the legacy for Muhammad Ali."

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Arts and Humanities
1:08 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

'Truth' Exhibit Opens at Ali Center

Portrait of Muhammad Ali by Robert Shetterly.
Robert Shetterly Americans Who Tell the Truth

Wendell Berry, Helen Keller, Malcolm X and Eleanor Roosevelt are just a few of the prominent figures whose portraits have been painted by artist Robert Shetterly for his Americans Who Tell the Truth series, a portrait exhibit celebrating courageous citizens who have spoken out for democracy and human rights.

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11:38 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Artist LeRoy Neiman Dies; Subjects Included Ali, Derby

Artist LeRoy Neiman is flanked by boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, left, and photographer Howard Bingham. They were in Louisville for the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in 2005 (Photo by Rick Howlett)

Artist LeRoy Neiman has died at age 91 in New York.

Neiman was best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes. He was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and was the official painter of five Olympiads.

1:25 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Ali Center Apppoints New CEO

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 Ali Center,” Ali’s wife, Lonnie, said in a release.

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