The Muhammad Ali Center, located in Louisville, KY, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with free showings of a video of its grand opening gala – a gala with a star-studded guest list.
Although Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, former President Bill Clinton, Lennox Lewis, Blair Underwood, and other celebrities didn’t return to Louisville, the ordinary folks who did attend this year’s event got to watch a video of the private, invitation-only concert. It celebrated Ali’s life – and the opening of the center which focuses on his life and philosophies.
The Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center inspired by the ideals of Muhammad Ali. It offers 2 ½ levels of exhibits, educational programming, community outreach and global initiatives.
The Center’s mission is use the life of “The Greatest” to inspire others to achieve their own “personal greatness.” That inspiration flows in part from the center’s exhibits, which are devoted to Ali’s boxing career, the history of his era, and personal development.
The boxing exhibits include a boxing ring where photos of Ali’ matches are projected onto the canvas; speed and heavy bags for wannabes to try; video stations showing 15 of Ali’s most famous fights; and a boxing experience called “Train with Ali” (featuring his daughter Laila Ali.)
The personal development exhibits focus on what the center calls “Ali’s six prevailing core values: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving and spirituality.” An exhibit called “Walk with Ali” encourages visitors to identify their own character strengths.
There is also a film, “Lighting the Way,” inspired by Ali’s lighting the Olympic Torch at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, Ga., and art galleries. And the “Hope and Dream” wall features a global selection of children’s artwork.
The iconic building, on Louisville’s downtown waterfront, is open every day but Monday.
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