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Muhammad Ali Center to hold four-day event honoring Ali's 75th birthday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Muhammad Ali Center will hold a four-day celebration of the life of the late boxing great, culminating with his birthday next month.

Muhammad Ali died on June 3, 2016. His birthday is Jan. 17. He would have been 75 next month.

According to a news release from the center, several community activities will be held on Jan. 14-17.

"The weekend event lineup includes free film screenings, a new Muhammad Ali Tribute exhibition, and a service project with Ali Center staff members," a news release states. "January 17th marks the Second International Mentoring Day and mentors are encouraged to tour the Center with their mentees all weekend long at a discounted rate, $5 for mentor and free for the mentee. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day also occurs during this timeframe, and special film showings will occur on Monday, January 16 as part of the weekend festivities."

Below is the lineup of events, provided by the news release:

Saturday, January 14th

Muhammad Ali Tribute Exhibition Opens to the public in the new Ina B. Bond Gallery. The Tribute Show affords the opportunity for the Center to showcase unique art pieces that are in our collection or on loan for this particular exhibition. On display will be a variety of art pieces in mediums from oils and acrylic to a cut and dyed concrete paver compilation, all creative pieces inspired by The Greatest! Entrance to this exhibit is included in the regular admission price.

The public is also invited to the Center’s auditorium for free film screenings throughout the day.

10:00 a.m.: Ali Rap
11:00 a.m.: When We Were Kings
1:00 p.m.: The Trials of Muhammad Ali
3:00 p.m.: Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World

Sunday, January 15th

More free film screenings throughout the day: 

12:00 p.m.: Muhammad Ali: In His Own Words
1:00 p.m.: Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight

3:00 p.m.: Ali’s Dozen: 12 Fights, 12 Rounds, 12 Defining Moments

Monday, January 16th -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

It has become a tradition for the Ali Center to show Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech to the community in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year is no different.

Join the Ali Center as it shows this historic speech every hour on the hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. A panel discussion, "Continuing the Dream, Living the Legacy" will follow the 11:00 a.m. showing. Members of the Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students will discussion how young people are continuing the work of Dr. King and Muhammad Ali in our community.

Tuesday, January 17th

In honor of Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth", the Ali Center's staff and Council of Students will partner with Together We Rise for a service project. The staff’s goal is to donate 75 hours of service in recognition of what would have been Ali’s 75th birthday. The staff and team members will build over 20 new bikes for foster care children in Louisville, a nod to Ali’s stolen red Schwinn bike that became the catalyst for his boxing career.

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