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Muhammad Ali Center Invites the Public to Celebrate “Days of Greatness” Events

“Days of Greatness” Lead up to Second Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards to take place on Saturday September 27; Includes Presentation and Film by Academy Award-Winning Director Leon Gast

As the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards presented by YUM! Brands Foundation draws closer, the Muhammad Ali Center will be celebrating several events leading up to the awards ceremony. These events, entitled “Days of Greatness,” include the following:

Friday, September 26
A 40 Year Retrospective By Academy Award-Winning Director, Leon Gast
Director Leon Gast will present When We Were Kings: A 40 Year Retrospective.  Mr. Gast will introduce and screen his Academy Award-winning documentary and will also delight the audience with rarely seen footage of Muhammad Ali while in Zaire in 1974 for the famous Rumble InThe Jungle. A Q & A session to follow the presentation.

Light refreshments and Meet and Greet with Mr. Gast:  5:15-5:45pm
Program:  5:45-7:45pm

This event is free to the public with limited seating available – attendees must RSVP. Please contact Charles Gwinn via to reserve your seat or RSVP on the Ali Center web site.

Other Events:

Thursday, September 25
– By Author Davis Miller
Davis Miller, author of bestseller The Tao of Muhammad Ali, and the story My Dinner with Ali, will introduce and screen selected video segments of the new opera Approaching Ali, which premiered in two sold-out, standing ovation performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. In addition, Mr. Miller will read a few passages from his books and will reflect on the impact of Ali on his life over the last 40 years. A Q & A session will follow the presentation.

Light refreshments and meet and greet with Mr. Miller: 5:30-6:00pm
Program:  6:00-7:30pm

Please RSVP for this free event by contacting Charles Gwinn via to reserve your seat or RSVP on the Ali Center web site.

Friday, September 26
, Featuring Molly Bingham
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.

Hot breakfast will be served at 8:30am. The program will follow from 9:00-10:00am. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 for Ali Center Members, $25 for non-Members, $15 for students, and $200 for a table of 10. All tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information on the breakfast, contact Erin Herbert at For more information on Molly, please visit the Muhammad Ali Center web site.

Recipients of the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards include: former NFL star, social justice activist, and actor Jim Brown; international humanitarian and entrepreneur, Mick Ebeling; Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon; musician, poet, activist Common; Robert and Deborah Blair, founders of the West End School in Louisville; and six young adults (age 30 and under) from around the world and humanitarians from here in the Commonwealth.

Matt Lauer, host of NBC’s Today Show, will serve as host for the awards ceremony.

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About the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Presented by YUM Brands Foundation
The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards to take place on Saturday, September 27 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, presented by the Yum! Brands Foundation, celebrate the greatness of people from around the world who are making differences in their communities and beyond. In addition to awards given to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, 30 years and younger, are honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.



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