The “I Am Ali” festival kickoffed on the one-year anniversary of Ali’s passing, June 3rd and celebrates his life and highlights Ali’s “Six Core Principles”—Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and Spirituality– with six weeks of programming and community events, tied to each one of these principles. The “I Am Ali” Festival will culminate on July 15th.


The celebration of Ali’s legacy includes over 70 different exhibits, performances and deals from over 35 different local attractions, hotels and restaurants that span June 3 – July 15, 2017. Each week during the festival, one of Ali’s “Six Core Principles” will be celebrated:

Spirituality: June 3-10

Giving: June 11-17

Respect: June 18-24

Conviction: June 25-July 1

Dedication: July 2-8

Confidence: July 9-15

Visit the Louisville Convention and Visitor Bureau’s “I Am Ali” Festival page for details of all events and activities here

Read our press release on the “I Am Ali” Festival by clicking here.

Muhammad Ali Center Activities During the "I Am Ali" Festival

In addition to events around the city, the Ali Center will host: 

Spirituality: June 3-10

  • Saturday, June 3 8:00 - 9:00 am: Multi-denominational memorial service on the Ali Center Plaza, followed by a community bike ride to local Ali landmarks. 
  • Friday, June 9 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Working with local partners, the Ali Center will host a Youth Festival in celebration of Ali's life journey and fierce determination as an example to all children. Local arts and education organizations will provide booths and entertainment. 
  • Saturday, June 10 10:00 am - 1:00 pm: The Ali Center will show the memorial service video in its entirety in the Center's Auditorium. Limited seating available. 

Giving: June 11-17

  • Thursday, June 15 8:30 am: Daughters of Greatness featuring Lesley Visser. 
  • Friday, June 16 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: The Ali Center will host a "Giving Festival" to celebrate Muhammad Ali's legacy of service! At the Ali Center, visitors of all ages are invited to give back by participating in fun and inspiring service projects with local organizations. Visitors who participate in all service activities will receive discounted admission to the Center's exhibits. Details to come. 

Respect: June 18-24

  • Friday, June 23 11:00 am - 3:00 pm: The Ali Center will host a Health and Fitness Festival, featuring fitness demonstrations, free health screenings, and healthy eating tips. 
  • Saturday, June 24 7:00 pm at Freedom Hall: Real Deal Championship Boxing Series: Evander's Tribute to Ali. Tickets available for purchase here

Conviction: June 25 - July 1

  • Monday, June 26 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Network luncheon with Charles Dew, author of "The Making of a Racist". Information about tickets available here
  • Friday, June 30 5:15 - 9:00 pm: Visit the Ali Center for a special double-feature of two iconic films on the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. For the first time ever, experience the “Double-Header” Film Screenings of “When We Were Kings” and “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.”
    Evening includes a small reception between screenings, and a Meet'n'Greet and Q&A with the film's directors: 

    Leon Gast, Director and Producer of the Academy Award-Winning Film, “When We Were Kings” (1996)

    Bill Siegel, Director of Emmy Award-Winning Film, “The Trials of Muhammad” (2014)

    Tickets available for purchase here

Dedication: July 2-8 

  • Wednesday, July 5 5:00-8:00 pm: "Night at the Museum" Visitors can enjoy touring the Ali Center's 3 levels of award-winning exhibits at a discounted rate. Other details to come. 
  • Thursday, July 6 6:00-8:00 pm: Mayor Greg Fischer will discuss safety, crime, and community involvement during a major keynote address. More information here
  • Saturday, July 8 6:00-9:00 pm: Hosted by CityThink Gala of Greatness evening event, featuring speakers: Evander Holyfield, Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, and John Ramsey. Tickets and more information here. 

Confidence Week: July 9-15

  • Thursday, July 13, 7:30pm: The Ali Center, in partnership with Louisville Public Media’s 90.5 WUOL, presents the modern-day premiere of a recently discovered string quartet by Florence Price.
    Price is generally considered the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. This free family event will feature both music and historical context, with musicians from the Louisville Orchestra, singers from Black Classical Artists of Louisville, and speakers Douglas Shadle (Vanderbilt University) and Eleanor McClellan (University of Northern Alabama).
    The performance will also be broadcast live on 90.5 WUOL.

Ongoing Exhibits: 

  • Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change: Temporary exhibit. Details available here
  • Where Inspiration Takes Flight: Community Art Project in the lobby. Details available here
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