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Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Muhammad Ali's 81st Birthday at the Muhammad Ali Center!


Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King were arguably two of the most famous people in America during the 1960s – a time when both men and their fights for justice drew as much ire as they draw reverence today. Of course, their impact transcended that decade and transformed our nation. As Muhammad said following MLK’s passing, “Dr. King was my great Black Brother. He’ll be remembered for thousands of years to come.”  

We invite you to join us at the Muhammad Ali Center on Monday, January 16, for a day of celebration and remembrance fitting of these two pillars of the civil rights movement – whose birthdays happen to fall just two days apart. Admissions to the Center will be free all day from 11:30 am - 5:00 pm EST, and attendees will have a chance to engage in service and learn more about how Dr. King’s and Muhammad’s legacy continues to influence new generations of changemakers.  

Below is a summary of the day’s public events:   

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive 
  • FREE public admission to the Muhammad Ali Center, and self-guided tour literature will be available.  
    • TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    • Please plan to arrive no later than 4:15 p.m.; our doors will close at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Muhammad Ali Center President & CEO Marilyn Jackson joins our Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS) to kickoff Continuing the Dream, Continuing the Legacy, a facilitated conversation about the legacy of Dr. King and Muhammad.  
    • TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
    • Attendees will have an opportunity to access an early release of our “I Love Ali’s Louisville Community Impact Survey,” which will be released to the public on Jan 17. 
  • Hourly screenings of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech 
    • TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Teaching Black History in Kentucky, a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators offered in partnership with the Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky, Barea College, and the Consortium for Anti-Racist Teaching.  
    • TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    • Teachers are invited to join the Center as we live-stream a workshop designed to help teach the rich history of Black Kentuckians. 
    • Live listening sessions will be held on site from 12 - 1 pm and 3 - 4 pm.  




Located in the heart of historic downtown Louisville, Kentucky, the Muhammad Ali Center is an international cultural center founded by Lonnie and Muhammad Ali.

A visit to the Center is not just an experience, but a journey into the heart of a champion. The Center’s three levels of award-winning exhibits and galleries invite visitors to explore Muhammad Ali’s legendary life, as well as to reflect upon one’s own individual values, inner strength, character, and what makes you the greatest person you can be. Take a breathtaking journey through the Center’s interactive and multimedia exhibits and discover the six core principles that Muhammad Ali embraced throughout his life and how they gave him the wherewithal to be the best athlete he could be, the strength and courage to stand up for what he believed, and the inspiration to reach people around the world and dedicate himself to helping others.


  • TripSavvy Editor's Choice Award for "Best for Sports Fans" (2019)
  • Best Designed Museum in Kentucky, Architectural Digest (2018)
  • TripSavvy Editors' Choice Award for Best Specialty Museums (2018)
  • Best of the Best Museums, American Bus Association (2017)
  • Top Family Attraction Worth Traveling For!, a TripAdvisor Company (2016)
  • Official Best of "Best Cultural Attraction" in the State of Kentucky (2011)
  • Bronze MUSE Award for Video, The American Association of Museums, Media and Technology Award/Exhibit "The Greatest" (2007)
  • Best New Attraction Award, North American Travel Journalists Association (2006)
  • Best Places List, Pathfinders Travel Magazine (2006 and 2007)
  • Best Museum Environment, Silver Design Award, Event Design Magazine (2006)


Confidence Belief  in oneself, one’s abilities, and one’s future.
Conviction A firm belief that gives one the courage to stand behind that belief, despite pressure to do otherwise.
Dedication The act of devoting all of one’s energy, effort, and abilities to a certain task.
Giving To present voluntarily without expecting something in return.
Respect Esteem for, or a sense of the worth or excellence of, oneself and others.
Spirituality A sense of awe, reverence, and inner peace inspired by a connection to all of creation and/or that which is greater than oneself.
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