Big Four Bridge to be lit in honor of Muhammad Ali

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Sunday marks the second anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s death, which many remember as a moment when Louisville came together as one.

The "I Am Ali" Festival has been held since then as a remembrance ceremony of sorts and lasts a week.  

The festival began Friday at Slugger Field where the Louisville Bats hosted a Muhammad Ali Appreciation Night to start the celebration.

Several events were held on Saturday, including a memorial bike ride that rode past several landmarks including Ali's childhood home, Central High School, Spalding University and the Columbia Gym, where he got his start.

“No one will experience anything like that ever again,” said Jeanie Kahnke, with the Ali Center. “The feel of Louisville was this collective mass of humanity coming together in total solidarity.”

Today, Ali’s legacy lives on in the Ali Center and events held in his honor.

“Things have changed a lot. Mostly because our Champion isn't here,” Kahnke said. “There's been a raised awareness of Muhammad's legacy, for sure.”

You can see a list of all the “I Am Ali” Festival events here. The festival ends with a ceremony and celebration of life at the Ali Center on Sunday.

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