Guests from 21 states and 6 countries visited the Ali Center to experience a round-by-round replay of the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” Ali versus Foreman ﬁght in Kinshasa, Zaire. The event, which was a fundraiser for the Center, featured special guests Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, as well as commentary
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).
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.
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