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New Exhibit Opens at the Muhammad Ali Center as part of LouisvilleKY festival

  Presented by ESPN and National Center for Civil and Human Rights Exhibit part of community-wide “I Am Ali” Festival   LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (May 11, 2017) — Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change exhibit, presented by ESPN® and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, opens to the public at the Ali Center on May 25th. The exhibit invites visitors to walk among giants like Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, and Billie Jean King. Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change is included in the “I Am Ali” festival, the six-week, community-wide festival celebrating the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, taking place from June 3-July 15, 2017….


Damaris Phillips will prepare a special dessert

Esquire Magazine Sponsoring Back-to-Back Derby Events

Partygoers looking for the ultimate Derby experience are invited to attend back-to-back events with Esquire beginning on Thursday, May 4, with the Inaugural Culinary Kickoff and continuing on Friday, May 5, with the Esquire Derby Gala. Both events will offer lavish food and beverage offerings. The Inaugural Culinary Kickoff will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center at 144 N Sixth Street in Louisville on Thursday, May 4 from 6PM – 2AM. Celebrity chefs Todd English, Beau MacMillan, and Damaris Phillips will prepare a three-course meal for an intimate group of food and wine enthusiasts. Wine pairings will be provided by…


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A Special Interview on “The Greatest” with John Ramsey

Most of us know the legendary stories about Muhammad Ali and his hometown. How he grew up in the West End on Grand Avenue, had his bike stolen and was motivated to fight, that he won the Gold Medal at the Olympics and tossed it into the Ohio River due to racism. We know about his conversion to Islam, his objection to war and his famous quote that really fueled his political opponents —  “I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger.” I loved the confidence and arrogance he brought to his sport, the…


See Larry Muhammad’s “Double V” at Ali Center Feb. 4

It was “the good war.” That’s how America portrayed its involvement in World War II: a righteous struggle of freedom against tyranny. But America in the 1940s had legal restrictions denying its black citizens the vote, and segregated them in rundown neighborhoods, poor schools and low-paying jobs. Black GIs were assigned to building roads and waiting tables at officers clubs. Military hospitals kept black blood separate from white, and white officers treated Nazi prisoners more respectfully than they did black servicemen wearing the uniform of Uncle Sam. Crusading African-American newspapers exposed these hateful contradictions with their Double V campaign –…


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Mayor Fischer Unveils New Bridge Project

Yep, another one. Only this one is planned to be complete later this year, with an estimated cost of just over $835,550. But how can this be? you might ask. Well, this bridge isn’t connecting Kentucky to Indiana; it’s connecting the Muhammad Ali Center to the Belvedere. It’s a 170-foot-long, nine-foot-wide pedestrian walkway. Authorities hope the project will create a “healthier, more convenient way to explore our vibrant downtown,” in the words of Mayor Fischer. It will connect the Ali Center to the Kentucky Center for the Arts and the Yum! Center. $410,000 for the project will come out of…


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Get in Touch with The Greatest

It’s a Holiday, and a good one. Rather than just enjoy the day off (if you work for the government), it’s a good day to visit the Muhammad Ali Center downtown. If you haven’t been, you’re missing one of the city’s best attractions. To celebrate the holiday, and the 69th birthday of “The Greatest”, there are special admission discounts. Take an old cell  phone down there and get in free. Otherwise it’s $2. The Center is presenting King’s “I Have a Dream” speech all day. Ark Farce: Experts lined up to scoff at attendance projections for the Ark Encounter amusement…