Dedication and Community Celebration

The two day grand opening celebration of the Muhammad Ali Center culminated with a Public Dedication and Community event on the Belvedere in downtown Louisville. The ceremony, which was free and open to the public, featured musical performances, poetry readings, and other artistic presentations that symbolized Ali’s core values and

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Grand Opening

Muhammad Ali was joined by family, friends, colleagues, and admirers from 12 countries and 32 states in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center. Based on the iconic life and contribution of the boxer known as “The Greatest” and recipient of the

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Mandala Event

Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery created a beautiful sacred piece of art to be presented to the Muhammad Ali Center during their visit to Louisville August 22-30, 2005. The Mandala was a gift of friendship from Nobel Peace Prize Winner the Dalai Lama to United Nations Messenger of

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Topping Off

On November 1, 2004 the Muhammad Ali Center celebrated the pinnacle point of its steel construction with a “Topping Off” ceremony that brought the development of Muhammad Ali’s international center one step closer to reality.

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Headquarters and Location

The long anticipated construction of the 93,000 square feet Muhammad Ali Center began in August of 2004. The site location is conveniently located between the Ohio River and Main Street in Louisville’s historic downtown.

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Anthem Foundation Donation

Anthem Foundation, Inc. awarded a $100,000 grant to the Muhammad Ali Center to assist in developing educational programming, with particular emphasis on diversity initiatives.

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Cultural Buzz

Cultural Buzz offered education games and activities that were interactive and entertaining. By participating in the online site, Cultural Buzz, youths from around the world could learn to bridge human difference. They could explore other cultures and enhance skills that promote individual well-being and healthy interpersonal relationships.

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2004

The Muhammad Ali Center partnered with the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts on “Brown Butterfly,” a stunning mixture of music, dance, and multimedia that paid tribute to Muhammad Ali. The Muhammad Ali Council of Students (M.A.C.C.S) wrote and performed a special pre-show presentation called “It’s In Your Hands,” and

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Final Design

On June 30, 2003, representatives from the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville Metro Government, and Morton’s, The Steakhouse announced the Muhammad Ali Center building and plaza design plans. For the first time, the “wrapping” of the building—a series of colored ceramic tiles suggesting a montage of images of Muhammad Ali when

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Construction and New Team

The construction of the Muhammad Ali Center moved one step further in 2003, when the organization announced the composition of its management team that oversaw the Center’s building project. The unique team consisted of four construction management firms, including three minority-owned companies from Louisville: David Cosby and Associates, King Bridgeman

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