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Community-Wide “Ali Week” Begins June 1st; Includes Kick-Off Carnival and Free Admission on June 2nd at the Muhammad Ali Center Concludes with Special Advanced Screening of Documentary, “City of Ali” on June 9th at the Muhammad Ali Center - Muhammad Ali Center | Be Great :: Do Great Things
Ali Week 2019, a community-wide celebration to mark the anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s passing and to celebrate his impactful legacy and love for Louisville, will take place in Louisville June1-9. Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74. Ali Week, a collaboration between the Muhammad Ali Center, the City of Louisville, and Louisville Tourism, will contain a series of events that take place around Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky throughout the week. Ali Week is important to the city because it marks a time when Louisville was at the center of a bright and steady spotlight of international news coverage, when visitors from all cultures, ages, religions,and races came together in a unified and peaceful purpose, and when the entire community–each in their own way–responded to the passing of their hometown champion. Muhammad Ali “shook up the world,” but he always kept his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky close to his heart. The week will begin on Saturday, June 1st with the opening of “Picture Ali”, an exhibit showcasing photographs of Muhammad Ali from the Courier-Journal’s book, Picture: Muhammad Ali. On Sunday, June 2nd, The Ali Center will be hosting a family event called the Ali Week Kick-Off Carnival, as well as FREE admission to the Center’s award-winning exhibits from noon until 5pm. Ali Week will conclude with special advanced screenings of“City of Ali”, a one-hour documentary that tells the incredible story of the first Ali Week – those seven days in June three years ago—when the people of Louisville welcomed family, fans, friends, and fellow mourners who traveled from near and far to pay their respects and say their touching good-byes to The Greatest. Throughout the week, the Ali Center will be curating 15 events and activities that range from an interfaith candlelight vigil on the Center’s Plaza, to special film screenings, an oral history event about Muhammad Ali’s life in Louisville, and much more. Currently, there are more than 25 events from 20+ different community organizations over the nine day event. Activities will be added to the online events calendar through June 9th. A complete list of events with more details and information is available at www.alicenter.org/ali-week. Louisville-based businesses—attractions, restaurants, hotels,and any other organizations who are interested in becoming involved in the annual Ali Week—should contact Tori Collins at the Ali Center: tcollins@alicenter.org or 502.992.5338, or go to the Ali Week landing page at www.alicenter.org/ali-week for more information. A partial list of “Ali Week” events by date are listed below. Saturday, June 1 · Parkinson’s Moving Day Walk at Seneca Park 8:30am registration · Public Opening of “Picture Ali” at Ali Center Sunday, June 2 · Kick-Off Ali Week Carnival plus Free Admission all day at Ali Center, 12:00-5:00pm · Second Annual Muhammad Ali Six Core Principle Yoga Flow at Ali Center, 12:30-2:00pm (sign-up on Ali Center’s web site) · Le Moo Restaurant Night Ali Center to receive portion of proceeds, 5:00-10:00pm Monday, June 3 · Interfaith Memorial/Spirituality Service &Candlelight Vigil at Ali Center Plaza, 7:00-8:30pm · Village Anchor Restaurant Night/Ali Center to receive portion of proceeds, 5:00-10:00pm Tuesday, June 4 · Louisville Bats Baseball Game/Ali Appreciation Night at Slugger Field, 7:00pm Wednesday, …