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U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes Muhammad Ali in emergency resolution

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Thursday afternoon, just hours after an Islamic prayer service was held for Muhammad Ali, Mayor Greg Fischer provided an update on plans for a memorial service to be held for the late boxing legend on Friday.

During the press conference, Mayor Fischer announced that the U.S. Conference of Mayors -- of which he is a part -- has passed an emergency resolution recognizing Ali for what they said was his commitment to peace.

"I think Muhammad Ali would have made a great mayor," Fischer said.

Fischer said the official resolution would be presented to the Ali family sometime on Friday.

Additionally, Fischer announced that the orange "I am Ali" t-shirts that have been worn by "Ali Ambassadors" -- volunteers in the area to assist out-of-town visitors -- would be sold at the Louisville Visitors Center at the corner of 4th Street and Jefferson Street. The shirts would bear the "I am Ali" slogan on the front, but would not have the "Ali Ambassador" designation on the back.

Proceeds, he said, would go to The Ali Center.

Fischer said the city's leadership team met this morning to prepare for the memorial service tomorrow. He added that those who were unable to obtain tickets could watch it with others at the Belvedere where a large screen would be set up to stream the service.

"It is clear that people want to be connected to Ali and each other as we mourn his death and celebrate his fantastic life," Mayor Fischer said.

He said picnic tables would be set up, and the Louisville Water Company would be providing free water.

"There has been a huge response from Louisvillians as we have asked them to participate in this week," Fischer said.

"The world will literally be watching tomorrow," he added, asking residents to line the streets for the procession. He called on them to bring flowers to throw into the procession, as well as "smiles and tears."

"This is our time for the city to be the greatest that we can be to say goodbye to our beloved friend one last time," he said.

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