On April 11, 2002 Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, and others revealed the new building plans for the then anticipated $41 million structure that became the Muhammad Ali Center. The Center’s architect was New York City-based Beyer Blinder Belle, in consultation with Lee Skolnick-also of New York-and Bravura Corporation, a Louisville-based
It was during this year that the Muhammad Ali Center announced their first youth-driven program with new partner, SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday), and solidified their partnership with Muhammad Ali Institute for Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at the University of Louisville.
An anonymous $4.5 million dollar pledge was received by the Muhammad Ali Center. In addition, Lonnie and Muhammad Ali met with the General Assembly as Governor Patton presented his budget, which included a $10 million dollar donation for the construction of the Ali Center. This budget was passed.
$250,000 is raised for a feasibility study, Center site selection, and miscellaneous expenses. The city provided part-time staff, Tori Murden- McClure and Barry Alberts, to assist with this project. It was during this year that a Non-Profit Corporate Charter was developed and the Muhammad Ali Museum and Education was officially founded by Muhammad and Lonnie