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Local News
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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4:41 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Ali Center Offers Free Screening Of 'Girl Rising'

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"Educating girls will change the world." That’s the message of a film to be screened at the Muhammad Ali Center Thursday.

“Girl Rising” features stories from girls around the world who struggle to compete in countries that oppress their education.

Ingrid Johnson helped bring the film to Louisville. She says the United States doesn’t experience the same problems as other countries, but the film can be used to inspire participation in the community.

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Local News
2:55 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

One Hundred Louisvillians Sought for Project Exploring Structural Racism

Louisville’s Center for Health Equity is looking for 100 volunteers age 18 and older to take part in monthly discussions about structural, or institutional, racism in the community.

Participants in the project, called the Healing Possible Quorum—100 Louisvillians for Change, will meet over the next nine months, with the goal of identifying and helping reduce structural racism in areas such as employment, education, transportation, environmental quality and criminal justice.

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Local News
10:30 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

First Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Handed Out in Louisville

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Tonight was big night for Muhammad Ali. Actually, tonight was about everyone but the man himself, because for the first time the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards and Six Core Principal awards were presented to nine others working to make the world a better place. 

“Usually when I come to do something for my father it’s more about him. But this is about other people that have been inspired by him and people like him and they’re young and they’re giving back to the world,” Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali's daughter, told WFPL.

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Jimmy Carter and Others to Receive Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in Louisville

Muhammad Ali
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Former President Jimmy Carter and singer Christina Aguilera will be among the first recipients of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

The awards will be handed out  Thursday evening at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville. 

Carter will be recognized with the Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts in humanitarian rights. Others include singer Christina Aguilera, who’ll receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award for her efforts to end world hunger.

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Arts and Humanities
2:00 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Ali Center Hosts Exhibit of Iconic Motown Images

White 'protesters' picket Motown's "Hitsville U.S.A." offices in Detroit as part of Al Abrams' March on Hitsville publicity stunt, July 14, 1964
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Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. hired fellow Detroit native Al Abrams in 1959 to serve as publicist for his fledgling record label. Abrams was 18 at the time, and Motown’s first employee.

“Present at the creation, so to speak,” says Abrams. “It was incredible. I’m surrounded by all these geniuses, people who are creating music left and right – artists, songwriters, producers. And I’m actually getting a paycheck for all of this, too. And I’m beginning to think I must be the luckiest kid in all of Detroit. And I probably was.”

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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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Arts and Humanities
10:14 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Free Admission to More Than 20 Kentucky Museums for Military Families

Soldier and knight exhibit at the Frazier History Museum.
Frazier History Museum

Institutions participating in the Blue Star Museums program are opening their doors free of charge to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day. 

More than twenty Kentucky museums and programs are included in the initiative, including the Frazier History Museum, Locust Grove, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Oldham County History Center and “KentuckyShow!” at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

Arts and Humanities
6:44 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Shoes From Jennifer Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Emeritus Benedict on Display at Ali Center

Shoes from Nelson Mandela and Laila Ali
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Oprah Winfrey once explained this way her outlook on life after rising from a difficult childhood to a status of wealth and influence:

"Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am," she said in her magazine. "My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes."

Which brings the (maybe not obvious) question: What do those shoes look like?

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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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