Barnum & Bailey Circus Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson to Visit Ali Center

(May 8, 2015)...

Circus Ringmaster to inspire the next generation of leaders in collaboration with the Muhammad Ali Center


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 8, 2015) — In the spirit of “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali and the “Legends” theme for this year’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson will inspire youth to create a legendary life. In collaboration with Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center members of the Center’s Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS) and other young people and invited guests will hear what it takes to follow your dreams and create a memorable destiny. Iverson, a trained Opera singer and former member of the famed Harlem Boys Choir will share his story and life views as a means to inspire the next generation of leaders. Thousands of patrons will see The Greatest Show on Earth® during its run at the KFC Yum! Center, May 14-17, but only a select few will get to hear this message of dedication and hope.

Who: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and select students/invited guests of the Muhammad Ali Center.

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (5:00-6:00 pm)

Additional Info: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey runs May 14-17 in Louisville. For more information on The Greatest Show on Earth visit

Media information contacts:

Teresa Franzen
(919) 210-5150


Jeanie Kahnke
(502) 992-5301

About the Muhammad Ali Center

The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit


Jeanie Kahnke
Senior Director of Public Relations and External Affairs