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Daughters of Greatness 2022

The “Daughters of Greatness” breakfast series honors prominent women engaged in social change, activism, and pursuits of justice. The stories and reflections they share are motivational to some people, transformative to others, and inspirational to all. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.

Unless otherwise noted, the format includes a hot breakfast served at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Seating is limited. For reservations or more information, contact Erin Herbert at

If you would like to nominate a Daughter of Greatness, please click here!


The Muhammad Ali Center invites individuals and organizations to support the Daughters of Greatness series by becoming a 2022 Daughters of Greatness Table Sponsor!

Benefits for Table Sponsorship include:

  • One premium location table at each Daughters of Greatness event for the year.
  • Thank you packet with free tickets to the Museum and 10% discount in the retail store.
  • Name/Company recognition at the event, on the Ali Center website, through social media, and in the Ali Center Lobby.
  • Breakfast for all guests at each event.

Finally, your sponsorship of the Daughters of Greatness series will help steward the legacy of Muhammad Ali by providing the Muhammad Ali Center with resources to make a significant impact in education and gender equity issues on a local and national scale.

If you are interested in becoming a Table Sponsor, please complete your enrollment through our online portal by clicking HERE or by copying the following link in to your browser:

Thank you to our 2020 Daughters of Greatness Breakfast Club Table Sponsors: Alice Houston - HJI Supply Chain Solutions, Bellarmine University, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Brown-Forman, Dr. Alexandra Gerassimides, Family Scholar House, Mary Casey - Senior Associate of Kentucky Financial Group, Metro United Way, PNC Bank, Representative Attica Scott, Ria Chandler, The Bristol Catering, and The Glenview Trust Company.

For more information, please contact Erin Herbert:

COVID-Health and Safety Measures: to maintain the safety of our event, all guests and staff must wear masks over their nose and mouth unless eating or drinking. Upon arrival, all guests must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (digital or card-copy) or negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 3 days prior to the event. Please be prepared to show verification of vaccine or test when you arrive.  Event capacity will be limited.  Please reserve your tickets today!


Judge Denise Clayton

February 25, 2022

Judge Denise G. Clayton began serving as chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals on June 1, 2018, after being elected to that position by her fellow Court of Appeals judges. The chief judge provides administrative oversight to the Court of Appeals and serves for a four-year term. She had been chief judge pro tem since July 2016.

Judge Denise Clayton became the first black woman to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals in October 2007. She serves the 4th Appellate District, Division 2. Prior to her appointment and election to the Court of Appeals, Judge Clayton was chief circuit judge for Jefferson County, where she had been a circuit judge for nearly seven years. She was the first black woman to be a Kentucky Circuit Court judge. She was also chief regional circuit judge for the Metro Region for several months before serving on the Court of Appeals. Judge Clayton previously served in Jefferson County as a judge for District Court, Family Court and Drug Court. She is the chairwoman for the Chief Justice’s Commission on Racial Fairness for Jefferson County’s courts and is a member of the Louisville Bar Association, Louisville Black Lawyers Association, and Women Lawyers Association. She has also served on several community and civic boards.​

Judge Clayton graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. She earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Judge Clayton began her legal career as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. She also worked at the University of Louisville as the director of student legal services and maintained a private practice. She was the Legal Aid Society of Louisville’s associate director before becoming a Jefferson County District Court judge in 1996.

Among her awards, Judge Clayton was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Judge Award by the Kentucky Bar Association. Judge Clayton has also received the Public Advocate Award from the state’s Department of Public Advocacy, the Distinguished Alumna Award from Brandeis School of Law, the Alumni Achievement Award from Defiance College, the Community Service Award from the Optimist Club of Louisville, the Louisville Bar Association Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Trailblazer Award, the Louisville Chapter NAACP Meritorious Service Award, the “Interesting Personality” Award from Who’s Who in Black Louisville, the Champion for Children Award from Shawnee High School in Louisville.

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Mattie Jones

March 18, 2022

Mattie Jones is a nationally renowned civil rights and social justice activist.  A native of Memphis, Tenn., Jones moved with her family to Louisville as a child, after her father took a job at the Quartermaster Depot in Jeffersonville. Jones’ public activism began not long after her graduation from Central High School in 1951. She attended Indiana University but says she quickly decided it was not safe or welcoming for black students, so she transferred to the University of Louisville, which had recently desegregated its main campus. But after being denied a work study position and being told white co-eds would not accept working alongside her, Jones left college and joined the Black Workers Coalition to fight for equality in employment.

In over six decades of activism since, Jones has organized countless demonstrations, public conversations, and boycotts focused on women’s and worker’s rights, environmental justice, peace and police/community relations. She was a founding member of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and has helped lead and staff numerous local and national justice operations during her long career.

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Nöella Coursaris Musunka

April 29, 2022

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, a Congolese/Cypriot philanthropist and international model, is the Founder & CEO of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that educates and empowers girls and communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo through a school, a community center, and a comprehensive clean water program. A unique and fearless spokesperson, and the face of leading beauty and fashion campaigns across the globe, Noëlla is a voice for the power of girls’ education worldwide. Founded in 2007, Malaika’s education and health programs are today impacting thousands of lives and are all offered free of charge. Crucially, Malaika acts as a local model that can be replicated on a global level. Noëlla has shared her insight at a number of world-class forums spanning the World Economic Forum in Davos to the university halls of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and MIT. In 2017, Noëlla was named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential & Inspirational Women of the Year, and in 2018, she received an award at the 100 Years of Mandela celebration. She is also an Advisor at Concordia and an Ambassador for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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