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
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
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.
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.
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
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
The Eastern High School mural project originated winter of 2005 when a group of Eastern High School students from Louisville, KY visited the Ali Center and were recently mourning the loss of three classmates from an auto accident during the 2005-2006 school year. The Ali Center presented the concept to
Hosted by the Muhammad Ali Center and sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Relations, the mission of the Festival of Faiths is to promote interfaith understanding and cooperation. Held at the Muhammad Ali Center for three years, from 2006 to 2008, the festival prompted conversations about how different faiths and
Since 2006—shortly after opening its doors—the Center has been proud to partner with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and S. Indiana (WAC). Through this key partnership, the Center regularly welcomes delegations of international visitors, hosts the WAC high school Academic WorldQuest competition, and supports a variety of youth-based initiatives.