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Mayor Fischer: State of the City is strong; LouisvilleKY is well-positioned for the future

Louisville, KY., – Delivering his ninth annual State of the City address from the Muhammad Ali Center on The Champ’s birthday, Mayor Greg Fischer has challenged the community to have the same courage, vision and determination that made Ali one of the most beloved, respected and well-known people the world has ever seen. The Mayor noted that Ali came of age at a time of great change and “refused to let the world dictate what his life could be,” making him a great role model today, “because this is another moment of great change: in society, in technology, and in…


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LouisvilleKY’s mayor reacts to airport renaming

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer said he is pleased and proud of this week’s decision by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board to rename the city’s airport for its native son Muhammad Ali. The new name is Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. The airport’s three-letter International Air Transport Association (IATA) Location Identifier – SDF – will not change. “Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville. Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism…


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LouisvilleKY’s Mayor details comprehensive, six-point crime plan, outlines call to action

  “Be The One” identifies ways to reduce violence, built resilience   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 6, 2017) — Speaking to hundreds of community and civic leaders during an I Am Ali Festival event this evening, Mayor Fischer outlined the many factors contributing to a recent spike in homicides in Louisville and the nation’s other largest cities — including gangs, drugs and an unprecedented number of guns on the streets. Intertwining data, graphics, photos and videos of people ranging from former Mayor Charles Farnsley to Muhammad Ali, the Mayor discussed the contributors to crime, including racial disparities that create concentrated poverty, which…


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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….


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City releases communications case study from Ali funeral week in LouisvilleKY

Lonnie Ali holding celebration today to thank city and civic leaders LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2016) – The June 3, 2016 death of Muhammad Ali, who was perhaps the most well-known and beloved citizen on Earth, was a significant moment globally. But it was especially poignant for his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where The Greatest of All Time would be mourned over a period of seven days in front of a global print, television and social media audience numbering in the billions. From an initial call in the afternoon of June 3 from the Ali family, alerting Mayor Greg Fischer’s…


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Mayor’s LouisvilleKY street festival to distribute 100 kids’ bikes in memory of Muhammad Ali

Event will include music, refreshments and children’s activities LOUISVILLE  – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to join in a street festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Southwick Community Center to help kick-off celebration of the annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards later that evening. As part of the festival and in memory of The Champ, the city and Schwinn will provide free bicycles to 100 children who earned the opportunity by completing Bike Louisville’s Bike Sense program at a Metro Parks and Recreation community center. Several hundred children participated this summer in the Bike Sense program, which teaches…


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Schwinn donates 100 kids’ bikes to LouisvilleKY youth in Ali’s memory

  Children will earn their bike by completing the Bike Sense program LOUISVILLE  – Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week that in memory of Muhammad Ali, the city and Schwinn Bicycle Co. will provide free bicycles to 100 children who earn the opportunity by completing Bike Louisville’s Bike Sense program at 12 Metro Parks and Recreation community centers. Several hundred children are participating this summer in the Bike Sense program, which teaches safety skills, including how to avoid hazards on the road.  Representatives of Bike Louisville will select 100 of those children for the free bikes, from among those who’ve…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Good-bye to the Greatest

Is Louisville the focus of the world this week? Maybe. The number of big names in town is staggering, all to attend some portion of the funeral activities for Muhammad Ali. Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, Jesse Jackson, Will Smith and that’s just the top of the list. I heard Mike Tyson was seen at the Marriott downtown Friday morning. And here’s the good news — it’s all about the message of peace and love that Ali stood for. I’m not even getting upset about those fools out to make a buck selling Ali funeral tickets – Karma will get them….


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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…


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LouisvilleKY’s Iroquois Amphitheatre to show “Ali”

Iroquois Amphitheater to host showing of “Ali” And 4th Street Live! in downtown Louisville is showing a video tribute all week   LOUISVILLE (June 7, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting citizens to a free showing of the 2001 film “Ali,” starring Will Smith, at the Iroquois Amphitheater on Thursday evening, June 9. Released in 2001, “Ali” is a dramatized telling of Muhammad Ali’s early boxing career to his rise to world champion, his conversion to Islam and his refusal to the draft. The film earned two Academy Award nominations. (Note: the movie is rated R). Smith, the film’s…