Surviving Darfur: Staring into the Heart of Human Suffering Exhibit

The Muhammad Ali Center, along with Catholic Charities and the Metro Louisville’s Office of International Affairs, co-sponsored this remarkably candid and affecting photo essay of 49 images taken in the Darfur region of Sudan. These photos were loaned to the Center from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Naturalization Ceremonies

The Muhammad Ali Center has hosted naturalization ceremonies every February since 2007. During the ceremony, participants take the Oath of Allegiance, which officially completes the process of citizenship. We estimate that, over the years, approximately over 3500 people have become citizens of the United States in the Center.

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Stedman Graham Event

Stedman Graham, author, educator, and entrepreneur conducted a “Who Are You?” Leadership Development Program for Men and Boys at the Muhammad Ali Center.

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1st Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, November 19th, over 7,000 people, in just five hours,  visited the Ali Center for a  community open house celebrating the Center’s one-year anniversary.

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UAW/ Ford Appreciation Day

In June 2001 the Ford Motor Company Fund announced their donation of $5 million to the Muhammad Ali Center for its capital campaign. In 2006, the Muhammad Ali Center repaid their generosity with a UAW/Ford Appreciation weekend in gratitude for the hard work and dedication shown by over 15,000 employees

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Dialogue Concerning American POWs/MIAs

On October 18, 2006, the Muhammad Ali Center hosted a special meeting to facilitate a renewed request for continued assistance from the Republic of Vietnam in accounting for missing American POWs/MIAs from the Vietnam War. These American soldiers were last known to be captive or missing but never returned after

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Transatlantic Anti-Bullying Videoconference

The Sullivan University System, through Sullivan Eurasia, its United Kingdom subsidiary, partnered with the Muhammad Ali Center to hold a unique 3-country anti-bullying videoconference. The videoconference, which is part of a wider initiative, was presented to the Transatlantic Schools Anti Bullying Initiative Management Committee at a meeting in Washington, D.C.

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President Obama Visits Muhammad Ali

President Barack Obama visited the Ali Center in 2006 (as Senator Obama), shortly before he announced his bid for presidency. He visited with Lonnie and Muhammad, and toured some of the Center’s exhibits. Community members and admirers received a real treat by posing for pictures with The Champ.

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Ali Center Makes Cover of Yellow Pages

Muhammad Ali, as captured by world-renowned artist LeRoy Neiman, graced the cover of the Louisville edition of Bell South’s “The Real Yellow Pages” for 2006-2007 and was revealed at the Center at a press conference. The artwork on the cover was part of the inaugural year poster for the Muhammad

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Public Plaza

Atop the parking garage owned by the Parking Authority of River City and surrounding the Muhammad Ali Center, a two-level public plaza was erected that provides a vibrant and dynamic welcoming space for visitors and the community. The long-awaited plaza features an amphitheater and two water fountains – a meditation

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