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Muhammad Ali Center Announces Events Surrounding Ali’s Birthday and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

International Mentoring Day, Staff Service Project, Daughters of Greatness

“I Have a Dream” Speech

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (January 11, 2019) — Muhammad Ali’s Birthday on January 17th and Martin Luther King Day on January 21st pose a great opportunity to honor two historical figures who shared a dream of solidarity and equality for all people. The Muhammad Ali Center is participating in and offering several activities over a five-day span to honor the two men’s societal impact:   First,on January 17th, the Ali Center will participate in a service project, building bikes for underserved children. Also on this day, the Center will kick off International Mentoring Day by offering an opportunity for mentors to bring in mentees at a discounted rate through Martin Luther King Day. On January 18th, the Center welcomes its first Daughter of Greatness for 2019:  Elmer Lucille Allen, a Central High School graduate who, after working as a chemist for 31 years, pursued a career in art and volunteerism. On Monday, January 21st, the Ali Center will offer its annual showing of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech throughout the day. 

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January 17th:  Muhammad Ali’s Birthday

Mentor-Mentee Discounts (January 17-21)

On this day, Muhammad Ali would have celebrated his 77th birthday. In honor of Ali’s life as a role model and mentor to millions of people around the world, the Ali Center invites mentors and mentees to visit the Ali Center together and receive a discounted rate from January 17th through 21st. Mentors will receive a $5 admissions rate and their mentee will be able to tour the Ali Center for free.  On a larger scale, the international and universal power of mentoring will be recognized and celebrated throughout the month of January, National Mentoring Month. For more information on how to become involved, visit

Ali Center Staff Service Project:

To demonstrate the power of Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth”, the Ali Center’s staff will partner with Together We Rise for a service project from 3-5 pm.  The team will build over 20 new bikes for foster care children in Louisville, a nod to Ali’s stolen red Schwinn bike that became the catalyst for his boxing career

January 18th: Daughters of Greatness Breakfast

Throughout the year, the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series invites prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism, and pursuits of justice to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond. Elmer Lucille Allen is the January 2019 “Daughter of Greatness.” Ms. Allen has been known for her volunteer service to the artistic community since the early 1980s.  A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she graduated from Central High School in 1949,received a Bachelor’s from Nazareth College (now Spalding University, and a Master’s of Studio Arts from the University of Louisville. Ms. Allen worked a sa chemist for 31 years and retired in 1997 as a Senior Analytical Chemist from Brown-Forman. Since then she has been actively involved in the arts and community service and has received multiple awards for her contributions. Hot breakfast is served at 8:30 am; Program runs from 9:00-10:00 am. Member price:  $20; Non-Members:  $25. Purchase tickets here.

January 21st: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

As is tradition at the Muhammad Ali Center, the public is invited to free screenings throughout the day of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, every hour on the hour, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Following the 11:00 a.m. screening,members from the Ali Center’s Youth Programs will participate in a forum,sharing how they, as youth, are continuing the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work he committed his life to. Pizza will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to all guests attending the 11:00 a.m.screening by Papa Johns.

Screenings are free. Admission to the exhibits is not included.