Ground Breaking

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

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“Promises”

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.

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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 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

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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 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

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2002

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.

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2001

In 2001, the Muhammad Ali Center reached fundraising of 24.5 million dollars. $2 million of this was raised at the star studded “Roast in Los Angeles.

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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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2000

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.

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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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1999

An architectural team was named in a joint venture: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture & Design Partnership, Beyer, Blinder, Belle and Bravura= Architecture Interiors Planning.

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