On June 11, 2002, the City of Louisville and the Muhammad Ali Center broke ground for Phase I of the city’s new facility. Among those who participated in the ceremony were Lonnie and Muhammad Ali, Mayor Dave Armstrong, and Ina Bond, chairperson of the Muhammad Ali Center. This event was
In its first community-wide public event the Muhammad Ali Center and Baxter Avenue Theatres co-sponsored “Promises,” an Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature for 2002. Both of the showings were followed by panel discussions with Carlos Bolado, the film’s co-director, and others.
In 2002 the Muhammad Ali Council of Students (M.A.C.C.S.) was formed around a motto that Muhammad Ali has often used himself, “Service is the rent we pay for our stay here on earth.” Through this outstanding group of students, our goal is to identify new ways of relaying the Center’s
On April 11, 2002 Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, and others revealed the new building plans for the then anticipated $41 million structure that became the Muhammad Ali Center. The Center’s architect was New York City-based Beyer Blinder Belle, in consultation with Lee Skolnick-also of New York-and Bravura Corporation, a Louisville-based
It was during this year that the Muhammad Ali Center announced their first youth-driven program with new partner, SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday), and solidified their partnership with Muhammad Ali Institute for Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at the University of Louisville.
An anonymous $4.5 million dollar pledge was received by the Muhammad Ali Center. In addition, Lonnie and Muhammad Ali met with the General Assembly as Governor Patton presented his budget, which included a $10 million dollar donation for the construction of the Ali Center. This budget was passed.