5th Annual Ali Festival Kicks Off June 3rd
5th Annual Ali Festival Kicks Off June 3rd


Ten Days of Events Honoring The Greatest
June 3rd - 13th

This year marks the 5 year anniversary of Muhammad Ali's passing on June 3rd, 2016.

The annual Ali Festival celebrates Muhammad Ali's impactful legacy and love for Louisville. With the recent societal issues that continue to shake up our world, the 2021 Muhammad Ali Festival is crafted to provide inspiration, entertainment and education through events that generate a sense of unity, justice, and a rebirth of Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville. 
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Ali Grave at Cave Hill

Roses & Remembrance for Muhammad: A Community Invitation to Cave Hill

Thursday, June 3, 2021

12:00pm - 3:00pm
The Muhammad Ali Center and Cave Hill Cemetery invite the community to join us in unity to pay respects to Muhammad Ali on the 5-year anniversary of his passing, June 3rd. Upon arrival, we will give a rose to either lay on Muhammad Ali’s grave or to keep as a reminder of the unity and pride that was shared within our community just five years ago. To deomonstrate our appreciation, we will also present visitors a $2 off admission coupon to the Ali Center that can be redeemed during the Ali Festival. Entrance at West Broadway, visitors can either drive through or stop at Muhammad's grave.

City of Ali Film Screenings

Throughout the Entire Festival

At the heart of this year's Ali Festival will be community screenings of City of Ali, a documentary that captures some of the stories and events that occurred in Muhammad's hometown of Louisville, KY during the week between his passing and his memorial. Following a world premiere at the Center on June 3rd, the documentary will be shown at the Muhammad Ali Center every day of the Ali Festival. City of Ali is set to have a national release Friday, June 4th as a Watch Now @ Home Cinema Release, via Abramorama, which has acquired the global rights to the Muhammad Ali Documentary.
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Ali Community Bus

Catch the Ali Community Bus on June 7th, 9th, and 11th around Various Louisville Neighborhoods!

Just as Muhammad Ali used to visit neighborhoods throughout his hometown, Louisvillians can relive this experience by welcoming the Ali Community Bus in their part of town on June 7, 9, and 11! The bus, will deliver the spirit and love of Muhammad to the people. Ali Center staff will share activities, including games, demonstrations, care packages, and more.
View the Ali Community Bus Stops and Schedule Here

"OPEN HOUSE" at the Ali Center's Archival Library

Tuesday, June 8th

12:30pm - 4:30pm
The Center's Archival Library will be open to the public on June 8th, allowing visitors the opportunity to view special artifacts brought out of the archives specifically for the Ali Festival. Visitors can also interact with the Center's Collections & Exhibits staff during this time.

Muhammad & Leroy: A Friendship in Art Digital Exhibit

Launches June 8 at 12:00pm EST
In recognition of Muhammad Ali and LeRoy Neiman’s longstanding friendship, and to commemorate what would have been Mr. Neiman’s 100th birthday on June 8th, the Center will launch a digital exhibit on that day. Many around the world remember LeRoy’s brilliantly colored expressionist artwork—from athletes to musicians, and sporting events, such as the Kentucky Derby. The digital exhibit will highlight artwork created by both Ali and Neiman and feature candid photographs and notes written by LeRoy. The majority of the artwork was donated to the Ali Center by the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation in 2017, and others on loan from the Foundation. The digital exhibit will be available through alicenter.org.
Photo courtesy of the LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation.

I Am America: Examining the Intersections of Racism and Islamophobia

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Islamophobia has long been a part of racism and prejudice within the United States. During this discussion, our panel of experts will explore the intersections of racism and religion specifically through the lens of Muslim Americans. Our panelists will discuss the social implications of persistent Islamophobia in the United States, and the tremendous damage caused to our communities when bigotry and racism toward Muslims remains largely ignored and unaddressed by institutions of influence and power.  Our conversation will conclude with opportunities for compassionate action and inclusive community-building within Muhammad’s home city of Louisville, KY and beyond.
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Artwork by Leroy Neiman

Youth Poetry & Art Contest

Deadline for Submissions is June 13th at 11:59pm

The Ali Center is calling students from grades K-12 to channel their inner Ali by submitting poetry or an art piece based on specific Ali-related themes. We will select one winner from grades elementary, middle, and high, who will receive a unique prize. Select student artwork and poems will also be showcased through the Ali Center’s social media platforms. This is your opportunity to share your greatness on the world’s stage!
Photo courtesy of the Leroy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation. Artwork by Leroy Neiman.
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Muhammad Ali's Bread Pudding featured at The Galt House Restaurants

Ali Festival Eats & Treats

Muhammad Ali's Bread Pudding at The Galt House
Enjoy Muhammad Ali's favorite dessert from his own original recipe featured exclusively at The Galt House restaurants, Swizzle and Walker's Exchange. 
For each bread pudding sold, $1 will be donated to the Ali Center.
Mark’s Feed Store
On June 2nd and 3rd, 15% of your purchase will be donated to the Ali Center when you present this flyer.

Messages for Muhammad

Businesses throughout the city are encouraged to display a sign on the windows of their place of business to help relive the community spirit that Louisville shared around Ali’s passing. Share your messages and photos on social media with the hashtag #AliFest!

Don't Forget "The Greatest" Gear

Celebrate the Ali Festival in style with our wide range of Muhammad Ali Quote T-shirts. Get yours today at the Ali Center Retail Store or online here.
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The Muhammad Ali Center is a 501(c)(3) organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors made possible by the generosity of individual, corporate and foundation donors like you! 
We especially appreciate your donations during the Ali Festival, so that the Ali Center can continue to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali throughout the world! Thank you.
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