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The Muhammad Ali Center and Filson Historical Society Present “Double V”

Play Explores the WWII American Black Press, Based on Career of Louisville Defender Newsman

Join the Muhammad Ali Center and Filson Historical Society for a presentation of “Double V,” a 25-minute docudrama written by playwright and director Larry Muhammad, a former Courier-Journal reporter. The play is based on the career of Louisville Defender publisher Frank Stanley, a crusading black newsman during World War II who helped persuade President Truman to desegregate the U.S. Military. “Double V” will be preceded by a short talk by Mr. Muhammad about the American black press, from the first black-owned paper Freedom’s Journal, to the heyday of 200 black weeklies in the 1940s, the civil rights era of the 1960s, and current efforts to stay relevant in the new millennium.

This event, shown on February 4th at 6 p.m. in the Muhammad Ali Center auditorium, is free for Filson and Muhammad Ali Center members and is $10 for non-members.

To register, please visit and search for Double V, or call The Filson at (502) 635-5083. For questions, please contact Marcel Parent or Charles Gwinn at (502) 584-9254.



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