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Statement from Muhammad Ali Center Regarding Orlando Tragedy

Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center said,“Three days ago, the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville said its final good bye to our founder Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most famous and outspoken proponents of universal peace and oneness.  During the memorial service for Muhammad Ali, his eulogists sent messages of love for all people, seeking understanding among those who are different from ourselves, celebrating that diversity, and loving all of humanity.”

“The Muhammad Ali Center is saddened by the senseless and atrocious violence that occurred in Orlando,” continued Lassere, “and we send our deepest condolences to all of the family and friends of the victims, and to all the citizens of Orlando. As we continue to grieve for the loss of Muhammad Ali, we now grieve with the heaviest of hearts for the victims of this inconceivable tragedy.  The Muhammad Ali Center asks, as Muhammad Ali would have done, for the world to come together at this time as one compassionate body—to join hands, to connect our hearts and minds, and to devise a means to end the slaughter of innocent people. Peace, as we all know, is mankind’s highest value.”


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