Muhammad Ali to be honored with third annual Ali Week, which begins Saturday

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali | Courtesy of Ali Center

The third annual Ali Week, which starts Saturday, June 1, and continues through June 9, will honor Muhammad Ali and mark the anniversary of his death.

The community will celebrate Ali with more than 25 events from 20-plus community organizations.

“Ali Week is important to the city because it marks a time when Louisville was at the center of a bright and steady spotlight of international news coverage, when visitors from all cultures, ages, religions and races came together in a unified and peaceful purpose, and when the entire community — each in their own way — responded to the passing of their hometown champion,” said Torri Collins, a communications and marketing associate at the Muhammad Ali Center, in a news release.

The week will kick off with a photo exhibit from the Courier Journal on Saturday at the Ali Center, highlighting images throughout Ali’s career and life.

Other events include the Ali Kick-Off Week Carnival, which will take place at the Ali Center on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The festival will feature free admission to the museum’s exhibits.

The Louisville Bats will be hosting an Ali Appreciation Night at Louisville Slugger Field on Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m.

And later in the week, on Thursday, June 6, the Muhammad Ali International Airport will unveil new branding to commemorate the local legend.

Ali Week will close with a special advanced screening of “City of Ali,” a documentary that tells the story of the very first Ali Week, on Sunday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the center.

The museum also will be hosting a donation drive to help the homeless, titled “The G.O.A.T. Drive,” and donations will go to help three local organizations: UP for Women and Children, My Dog Eats First, and St. Vincent de Paul.

A full list of activities and events for Ali Week is available on the Ali Center’s website.