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Ali-Themed Youth Poetry and Art Contest Open to K-12 Students As Part of Annual Ali Festival

Festival runs from June 3-13; Submission Deadline is June 13th

Muhammad Ali was a pop culture icon, with talents outside of the ring that included poetry, acting, sketching, and even singing. As part of this year’s Ali Festival, the Muhammad Ali Center is calling students from grades K-12 to ‘channel their inner Ali’ by submitting poetry or art based on specific Ali-related themes. One winner will be selected from elementary, middle, and high school levels. Prizes will be awarded and select entries and poems will be showcased through the Ali Center’s social media platforms. Submission deadline is June 13 at 11:59pm EDT.

Prompts for each grade level are below and outlined in more detail at

Elementary School (grades K-5)

Write, draw, or record a poem or artwork that comes to mind when thinking about Muhammad Ali

Middle School (grades 6-8)

Write, draw, or record a poem or artwork based on one of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles – Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Respect, Giving, and/or Spirituality

High School (grades 9-12)

Write, draw, or record a poem or artwork that demonstrates how Muhammad Ali used his fame for civic engagement, social justice, activism, and/or peacebuilding

Submission Details

  • All entries must be submitted through the Muhammad Ali Center’s online form:

  • Students must have parental/guardian permission to enter
  • Submission deadline: June 13, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EDT)

Other Ali Festival Events throughout the 10-day Festival include:

  • Roses & Remembrance for Muhammad Ali: A Community Invitation to Cave Hill (June 3, 12:00-3:00pm)
  • City of Ali screenings (June 4-13, multiple screening times)
  • Muhammad and LeRoy: A Friendship in Art Digital Exhibit (launches June 8)
  • “Open House” at the Ali Center’s Archival Library(June 8th, 12:30-4:30pm)
  • I Am America” Online Series (June 9, 12:00-1:00pm)
  • Ali Festival Eats and Treats:
    • The Galt House with Muhammad Ali’s Bread Pudding at Swizzle and Walker’s Exchange (June 3-13)
    • The new Grady Hotel with the Muhammad Ali Appetizer Special at the Wild Swann Restaurant (June 3-13)
    • Mark’s Feed Store Charity Feed (June 2 and 3)
  • Messages for Muhammad window displays in community businesses (June 3-13)

Please visit the Ali Center’s website, for detailed information and to make reservations for ticketed events.