The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center created in honor of Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. The center is located at 144 N. 6th Street in Louisville, Kentucky, the home city of the boxing legend, social activist, philanthropist and humanitarian. Inside the center is an award-winning museum that is exclusively dedicated to the life and legacy of Ali. The vision of the center and museum are sourced from Ali’s life, including the six core principles of confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality that shaped and influenced him.
Muhammad Ali, born as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. on January 17, 1942, won a gold medal in boxing at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy and became the heavyweight champion of the world in 1964. He defended the heavyweight championship nineteen times and was the first fighter to win the heavyweight championship on three separate occasions: 1964, 1974 and 1978. As of 2019, Muhammad Ali remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion.
While these accomplishments in boxing supported his claims of being “The Greatest”, it would be his work outside of sports that has rendered him to be a true champion. His refusal, based on his religious beliefs, of military service came at the cost of his career and the threat of imprisonment. However, his faith and sticking to his principles would become, for many, highly inspirational.