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Mayor Fischer announces new festival, website to remember Muhammad Ali

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced a new festival and website to remember heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

Calling Ali, "a global icon and a true citizen of the world," who was, "first and always a citizen of Louisville," Fischer's office has announced the launch of a new website,, created to aid the thousands of visitors expected to flow into the city this week to celebrate Ali's life. The site will include information on Ali's childhood, his early boxing career, his humanitarian efforts, landmarks associated with Ali and details about the many local tributes taking place this week.

Additionally, Fischer's office announced the "I Am Ali Festival," which is scheduled on Wednesday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will take place in the lobby of the Kentucky Center for the Arts at 501 W. Main Street.

"From Grand Avenue to across the Globe, Muhammad Ali overcame economic hardship and racial and religious discrimination to become The Greatest," Fischer said, according to a news release. "Louisville's children -- all our children -- need opportunities that will give them the confidence to become the greatest at whatever they choose to be. Wednesday's I Am Ali Festival will provide another demonstration of our city-wide support for Louisville's youth."

Jefferson County Public Schools, the Kentucky Science Center, the Louisville Zoo, the Louisville Free Public Library and other local arts and education organizations will provide booths and entertainment, the news release states. Fischer's office says there will also be a wall where children can write what they want to be the greatest in.

Musical entertainment will be coordinated by musician Jecorey "1200" Arthur.

Attendees are also encouraged to visit the Muhammad Ali Center, which is offering free admission this week, though a $5 donation is suggested.

"The world is coming to Louisville this week to celebrate the life of one of our most famous citizens," Mayor Fischer said, according to the news release. "We want to make sure that people know the complete story of Ali's life here, where he learned the values that helped him become, 'The Greatest of All Time.'"

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