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Shining a Light Exhibition to Open on International Women’s Day, March 8th

2017’s photographs feature highlights from the past three years

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (March 2, 2017) — The Muhammad Ali Center’s annual international photography contest and exhibition, Shining a Light, opens on March 8th, International Women’s Day. This year’s exhibition will be comprised of the “best of the best” from the previous three years: winners, honorable mentions, and curator choices, all of which reinforce equal rights around the world.

Informed by the United Nations Millennium Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, this year’s exhibition showcases individuals or organizations engaging in one or more of the following:

  1. Education equality for women and girls
  2. Women’s political participation
  3. Ending violence against women and girls and/or gender-based violence
  4. Ending economic and employment discrimination
  5. Health equity for women and girls

Inspired by Muhammad Ali’s core principle of Respect, gender equity holds a place of importance in programming at the Muhammad Ali Center.  Beyond the fact that gender equality is a basic human right as defined by the United Nations, the empowerment of women is critical to the health, productivity, and happiness of our families and our communities, locally and globally.

Over the past three years, the annual competition has received 643 entries from 20 different countries.

Shining a Light will be on display at the Ali Center from March 8 to May 7, 2017. The exhibit is included in regular admission pricing.


The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit