Press Release

Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students Make Memorable Trip to Chicago

Students participate in specialized social justice training at the Chicago Freedom School

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (November 15, 2012) … The Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS) embarked on an educational and cultural voyage to Chicago earlier this month. The group of 28 students and five chaperones began their weekend in Chicago with a comprehensive workshop at the Chicago Freedom School that centered on youth-led social movements and how to start a one based on one’s passions in life.

The MACCS represent a diverse group of young leaders from high schools in the Louisville area. These students are committed to improving themselves and their communities through the practice of Muhammad Ali’s six core principles: Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality, and Giving. The students participate in various training sessions and workshops throughout  the year which emphasize the group’s values of service work and leadership development.

Each of the students had overwhelmingly positive takeaways from the experience, including Anthony Perry, a senior at St. Francis High School and member of the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students.

“The MACCS trip to Chicago enabled many students who have never been beyond the city limits to broaden their horizons and be exposed to something outside of their norm. It also afforded us the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion about social issues that are significant to our generation. This opportunity is truly one of a kind and I believe I speak for all of the MACCS by saying that we are extremely thankful and grateful to the Muhammad Ali Center for affording us this experience,” said Perry.

Hannah Jacoby, Outreach & Training Coordinator at the Chicago Freedom School, had this to say about the MACCS:

“It was truly my honor to host the MACCS in Chicago.  At the Chicago Freedom School, we have long been inspired by Muhammad Ali's life and legacy.  It was an inspiration for us to meet so many amazing young people actively living in that legacy.  We spent a jam-packed day asking difficult questions about identity, oppression, and the roots of social injustice.  The MACCS were ready to dig deep into these questions and share their own stories, experiences, and wisdom.  At the Chicago Freedom School, we believe young people are critical leaders for creating positive social change.  The MACCS certainly reflect that.  They are already well on their way to making their communities and our world a better place.  We look forward to collaborating with the Muhammad Ali Center in the future.  Our organizations share the strong belief that young people can use the lessons of history to be at the forefront of current social justice movements.”

The MACCS also visited the Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry while in the Windy City. These sites were chosen to give the students a chance to develop their personal career interests and to educate themselves on topics of concern in various industries, including environmental and conservation issues. 

“The Chicago trip for the MACCS was a deeply impactful experience for the group. They came back with not only greater knowledge about youth-led social movements, but with the confidence that they have a better idea of how to analyze issues related to social justice, and a better sense of what it takes to intervene and make a difference. They also had a chance to explore numerous career options as they spent time in great cultural institutions. Finally, deep friendships were formed between them as they learned together, let themselves be vulnerable in front of one another, built trust as a group, and grew together,” Marcel Parent, Senior Director of Education, Outreach, and Curation.

About the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS)

The Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS) is a diverse group of young leaders, committed to improving themselves and their communities through the practice of Muhammad Ali’s six core principles: Respect, Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Spirituality, and Giving. As a youth-led organization, these dynamic students make decisions that guide the course of their service work and leadership development. For more information on the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students, please visit alicenter.org/youth-education.

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 www.alicenter.org

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