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1997

$250,000 is raised for a feasibility study, Center site selection, and miscellaneous expenses. The ...
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1998

Unveiling of initial Center plans. The design and location of the Muhammad Ali Center changed as th...
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First Logo

Original logo of the Muhammad Ali Center...
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1999

An architectural team was named in a joint venture: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture & Design Partn...
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September 15, 1999

Lonnie and Muhammad visited Good Morning America to discuss the future of the Muhammad Ali Center...
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2000

An anonymous $4.5 million dollar pledge was received by the Muhammad Ali Center. In addition, Lonnie...
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Michael J. Fox, President/CEO

Michael J. Fox, was named President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center....
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2001

In 2001, the Muhammad Ali Center reached fundraising of 24.5 million dollars. $2 million of this was...
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2002

It was during this year that the Muhammad Ali Center announced their first youth-driven program with...
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Plan Unveiling Press Conference

On April 11, 2002 Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, and others revealed the new building plans for the then a...
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Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students

In 2002 the Muhammad Ali Council of Students (M.A.C.C.S.) was formed around a motto that Muhammad Al...
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“Promises”

In its first community-wide public event the Muhammad Ali Center and Baxter Avenue Theatres co-spons...
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Ground Breaking

On June 11, 2002, the City of Louisville and the Muhammad Ali Center broke ground for Phase I of the...
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YUM! Brands Foundation Press Conference

The Muhammad Ali Center and Yum! Brands Foundation announced a half-million dollar, multi-year part...
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Construction and New Team

The construction of the Muhammad Ali Center moved one step further in 2003, when the organization an...
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Final Design

On June 30, 2003, representatives from the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Metro Government, and Mo...
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2004

The Muhammad Ali Center partnered with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on “Brown Butte...
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Cultural Buzz

Cultural Buzz offered education games and activities that were interactive and entertaining. By par...
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Anthem Foundation Donation

Anthem Foundation, Inc. awarded a $100,000 grant to the Muhammad Ali Center to assist in developing ...
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Headquarters and Location

The long anticipated construction of the 93,000 square feet Muhammad Ali Center began in August of 2...
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Topping Off

On November 1, 2004 the Muhammad Ali Center celebrated the pinnacle point of its steel construction...
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Mandala Event

Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery created a beautiful sacred piece of art to be presente...
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Grand Opening

Muhammad Ali was joined by family, friends, colleagues, and admirers from 12 countries and 32 state...
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Dedication and Community Celebration

The two day grand opening celebration of the Muhammad Ali Center culminated with a Public Dedication...
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World Affairs Council

Since 2006—shortly after opening its doors—the Center has been proud to partner with the World A...
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2006-2008 – Festival of Faith

Hosted by the Muhammad Ali Center and sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations, the mission ...
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Eastern High School

The Eastern High School mural project originated winter of 2005 when a group of Eastern High School ...
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Public Plaza

Atop the parking garage owned by the Parking Authority of River City and surrounding the Muhammad Al...
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Ali Center Makes Cover of Yellow Pages

Muhammad Ali, as captured by world-renowned artist LeRoy Neiman, graced the cover of the Louisville ...
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President Obama Visits Muhammad Ali

President Barack Obama visited the Ali Center in 2006 (as Senator Obama), shortly before he announce...
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Transatlantic Anti-Bullying Videoconference

The Sullivan University System, through Sullivan Eurasia, its United Kingdom subsidiary, partnered w...
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Dialogue Concerning American POWs/MIAs

On October 18, 2006, the Muhammad Ali Center hosted a special meeting to facilitate a renewed reque...
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UAW/ Ford Appreciation Day

In June 2001 the Ford Motor Company Fund announced their donation of $5 million to the Muhammad Ali...
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1st Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, November 19th, over 7,000 people, in just ?ve hours,  visited the Ali Center for a  c...
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Stedman Graham Event

Stedman Graham, author, educator, and entrepreneur conducted a “Who Are You?” Leadership Develop...
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Naturalization Ceremonies

The Muhammad Ali Center has hosted naturalization ceremonies every February since 2007. During the ...
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Surviving Darfur: Staring into the Heart of Human Suffering Exhibit

The Muhammad Ali Center, along with Catholic Charities and the Metro Louisville’s Of?ce of Inte...
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Rumble Replay

Guests from 21 states and 6 countries visited the Ali Center to experience a round-by-round replay ...
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“Roads to You: Louisville”

The Muhammad Ali Center, along with the Louisville Metro Of?ce for International Affairs and the ...
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Tibetan Oracle Event

A special presentation by The Medium of Tibet’s Chief State Oracle, Venerable Thupten Ngodup, drew...
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The Ali Folio: The Photography of Sonia Katchian Exhibit

Featuring fascinating photos of Muhammad Ali at the pinnacle of his career, this special exhibition...
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Extreme Home Makeover Wrap Party

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Louisville to help a local family rebuild their home...
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A Hidden Wholeness Temporary Exhibit

A Hidden Wholeness: The Zen Photography of Thomas Merton was an exhibition featuring 35 photographs ...
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Meeting Resistance Screenings

Filmmakers Molly Bingham and Steve Connors screened their documentary Meeting Resistance at the Ali ...
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Derby Brunch

On the morning of the 2008 "Run for the Roses," Muhammad and Lonnie Ali hosted a unique fundraiser f...
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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Photo Essays

Two different photo essays loaned from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) we...
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Greg Roberts, President/CEO

Greg Roberts, President and Chief Executive Of?cer of the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trus...
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World Refugee Week

In honor of World Refugee Day on Friday, June 20, 2008, the Muhammad Ali Center and Catholic Charit...
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Champions Aren’t Made In Gyms

The Muhammad Ali Center participated in the Champions Aren’t Made in Gyms program for college athl...
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Ryder Cup

Muhammad and Lonnie Ali welcomed to the Ali Center visitors from all over the world in celebration o...
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Find Greatness Within Series

The Find Greatness Within series was a Black History Month series that took place on several Sundays...
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Power of Women

The Ali Center joined with the humanitarian organization CARE for a free screening of the award-winn...
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Legacy Campaign

In November of 2009, the Muhammad Ali Center announced a $10 million Legacy Campaign designed to pro...
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50 Years of Olympic Gold Exhibit

50 Years of Olympic Gold was a retrospective photo exhibit featuring images of Muhammad Ali at the 1...
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Mock Trial Tournament

Thirty teams of high school students from across the Commonwealth argued the famous case of United S...
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Creating Our Future

The Muhammad Ali Center expanded its Creating Our Future Character Education Curriculum with “trai...
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$95K Grant Presentation from Rep. Yarmuth

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) presented a $95,000 check to representatives of the Muhammad Ali Ce...
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Aliwood Exhibit

Aliwood, a temporary exhibit, featured photographs taken between 1963 and 1999 of Muhammad Ali along...
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Leeds One

Two representatives from the Muhammad Ali Center took part in a series of events in Leeds, England t...
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Peace Gardens

In 2010 the Muhammad Ali Center announced the global launch of the Muhammad Ali Center Peace Gardens...
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Postcards for Peace Temporary Exhibit

The Muhammad Ali Center and Interfaith Paths to Peace co-presented an art exhibit titled, “Peace P...
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Last Words of Louis XVI Temporary Exhibit

Cuban artist Carlos Gamez de Francisco, the Ali Center’s 2010 Artist in Residence, created a serie...
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Birth of Generation Ali

Generation Ali began as an idea to create a global movement that would empower young people to ?nd...
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Once Upon a Holiday Exhibit

Once Upon a Holiday ran seasonally from 2011 to 2014. It showcased holidays around the world through...
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Lo.CAL Streets Temporary Exhibit

Together, curator Daniel Pfalzfraf and the Muhammad Ali Center presented Lo.CAL Streets, a Louisvil...
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Brown-Forman Pavilion

The Brown-Forman Pavilion, which opened in 2011, is an outdoor event space with lovely landscaping a...
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Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Series

The bi-monthly breakfast series, Daughters of Greatness, was launched in 2011, featuring prominent w...
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Brutal Aesthetic Exhibit

Selected works of John Ranard’s The Brutal Aesthetic were on exhibit at the Muhammad Ali Center fr...
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Youth Rights Conference

Sponsored by The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Muhammad Ali Center, the annual...
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Muhammad Ali’s 70th Birthday Event

On Saturday evening, January 14, 2012, Muhammad celebrated seven decades of accomplishments with spe...
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IndiVisble

The temporary exhibit, IndiVisble: African-Native American Live in the Americas, which opened on Muh...
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Donald Lassere, President/CEO

Donald Lassere, Senior Vice President of Programs at Scholarship America, was named the new and thi...
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Olympic Summer

During the summer of 2012, students of all ages were invited to follow Muhammad Ali’s Olympic jour...
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Rebranding

The Muhammad Ali Center launched a rebranding campaign and new logo to help clarify the Center’s ...
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Hello Neighbor Event

Hello Neighbor: Day of Dignity, Day of Compassion was a community celebration of Louisville’s dive...
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Americans Who Tell the Truth Exhibit

The Ali Center showcases a temporary exhibit called Americans Who Tell the Truth. This moving exhibi...
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UCREW

UCREW is the ground breaking social enterprise program of the Muhammad Ali Center that focuses on s...
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Film Series

The Ali Center, in partnership with Kentucky Education Television (KET) and Indie Lens Pop Up (forme...
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Ali Tribute Exhibit

The Ali Tribute exhibit featured photos and art in various mediums fo-cused on the man known as “T...
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Athletes and Social Change Forum

The Muhammad Ali Center, University of Louisville, and Brown University united efforts to present t...
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Global Shoes Exhibit

Global Shoes, a travelling exhibit produced by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, was an entertainin...
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Mini We Day-Kentucky

Linked locally to Louisville Metro’s Mayor Fischer’s Give-A-Day program and to the City’s Comp...
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The Right Foot Exhibit

The Right Foot exhibit, an addendum to the Ali Center’s Global Shoes exhibit featured shoes of ind...
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Abbey Road on the River

Abbey Road on the River is an annual ?ve-day multi-staged music festival on the city’s Belveder...
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Generation Ali Global Scholarship Program

The Generation Ali Global Scholarship Program rewarded college students from around the world who w...
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Motown in Black and White Exhibit

Motown in Black and White, a temporary exhibit, is composed of historical items from the personal co...
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Shining a Light Photo Contest and Exhibit

The Ali Center launched Shining a Light, an annual photo contest and exhibit series, that features ...
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HBO Premiere: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

In conjunction with the Inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards and Days of Greatness events, th...
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Inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

The Inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, an annual fundraising gala honoring people from aro...
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Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks Exhibit

In conjunction with Black History Month, the Ali Center hosted an inspiring exhibit, Dear Mr. Mand...
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Rising Stars

A tasting gala and awards ceremony for The Rising Star magazine was hosted by the Muhammad Ali Cen...
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Double V

The Muhammad Ali Center and the Filson Historical Society presented “Double V,” a 25-minute docu...
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Stirring the Fire Exhibit

Stirring the Fire, a photography exhibition produced by social documentary photographer Phil Borges,...
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Give Peace a Chance Exhibit

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, in 1969, used “Bed-Ins” as a way to put themselves and their message ...
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Eat Well, Play Well Exhibit

A growing focus on ?tness and health prompted the Muhammad Ali Center to open the temporary exhibi...
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Iraq: remains Temporary Exhibit

This photography exhibit by Molly Bingham documents her travels to Iraq in the early 2000’s. While...
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CONGO14: Bruno Mars Concert

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match betw...
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Second Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

Presented by YUM! Brands Foundation, the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were hosted ...
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The Life of Joe Louis Temporary Exhibit

This temporary exhibit explored the life and legacy of Joe Louis, boxing great and golf professional...
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StageOne Partnership

During January and February of this year, the Ali Center partnered with the Kentucky Center for the ...
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Ferdinand’s Ball

The Muhammad Ali Center hosts Ferdinand’s Ball, an annual fundraiser that kicks off Kentucky’s ...
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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Event

In the spirit of “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali and the “Legends” theme for this year’s Ringl...
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XOXO: An Exhibit about Love and Forgiveness

The Muhammad Ali Center hosts a number of temporary exhibits each year. This year XOXO: An Exhibit a...
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Through the Lens Photography Exhibit

Michelle Wong’s collection of photographs served as the genesis for the new annual temporary exhib...
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Sports Illustrated Sportsman Legacy Award

Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated announced that it would dedicate the franchise’s Sportsman Legac...
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Third Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

The third annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards: An Evening to Celebrate Greatness, presented by Y...
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Selma to Montgomery: Marching Along the Voting Rights Trail

Selma to Montgomery: Marching Along the Voting Rights Trail opened in October of 2015 with great exc...
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Islamic Life in the United States

The Muhammad Ali Center was privileged to collaborate on a program with the University of Louisvill...
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