A Note on Black Lives Matter

By Thomas Hauser, Ali Biographer and Class of 2020, International Box Hall of Fame When Black Lives Matter was formed in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, my reaction was similar to that of many well-intentioned Americans: Shouldn’t we say that “All

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Muhammad Ali’s Principles are a Guide for the Athlete Humanitarian, Athlete Mentor and Athlete Activist

Eli A. Wolff, Power of Sport Lab Mary A. Hums, University of Louisville Introduction It is a critical time for athletes to use the power of their voices to bring about positive change in the world. Many athletes are wondering what they can do, how they can take a stand,

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Muhammad Ali Center Statement on #BlackLivesMatter

At the Muhammad Ali Center, Black Lives Matter. Black Lives are our Foundation and a Paramount Part of our Legacy. Black Lives are our Community, our Families, our Colleagues, and our Leadership. The Muhammad Ali Center promotes Social Justice locally, nationally, and globally in order to advance fair and equitable

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Muhammad Ali Center Receives $50,000 Grant From The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Will Provide Resources to Create Publicly Accessible Digital Database of Archival Items $2.7 Million Awarded to Support African American History and Culture Federal Investments in Museums, HBCUs, Cultural Heritage Organizations Generate Additional $2.6 Million Louisville, Ky—The Muhammad Ali Center is proud to be a recipient of a $50,000 grant from

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We Still Need Muhammad’s Voice

By Lonnie Ali Today marks the fourth anniversary of Muhammad’s passing. The pain of losing him is still as fresh now and it was then. Knowing and feeling that pain makes me understand on a visceral level the pain that is being felt by the families of Breonna Taylor, George

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Muhammad Ali Center to Participate in NCBMP’s Online Event: “Be Inspired Speaker Series: “A Night at the Museum”

To include stories of courage and resiliency during the coronavirus pandemic From five museum and cultural centers around the country, all week long (Alexandra, Virginia – May 8, 2020) – Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, will participate in The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals’

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Radical Love and Remarkable Acts of Service During COVID-19

Nothing prepared us for the unexpected historic moment that we find ourselves in today. Social distancing precautions for the coronavirus, Covid-19, has sent so many of us to our homes to shelter in place, care for our children and do our best to continue their education, while also attempting to

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Using Muhammad Ali’s Legacy as a Pathfinder

By: Tabatha McNulty Sure, growing up I was familiar with the name Muhammad Ali, and knew he was labeled as “The Greatest”, but I was wrong in thinking he held that prestigious title only because he was an incredible athlete. It wasn’t until I moved to Louisville for college that

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“Don’t count the days — make the days count” with small acts of kindness

The world is changing fast — every day seems to bring another seismic shift during the COVID-19 crisis. In our “new normal,” with social distancing policies in place, an avalanche of daily news updates and uncertainty about the future, one can feel isolated and powerless. One important thing, however, has

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Becoming a Champion: Courage Matters

I was a few weeks from participating in my third Olympic Games when I received a phone call from Billy Payne, the Chairman of the Atlanta Organizing Committee for the 1996 Games.  I had been looking forward to swimming in Atlanta, mostly because it was an opportunity to defend my

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