The411: Remembering Muhammad Ali

The411 with Sherlene Shanklin -- It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since the funeral and memorial service for the man who told you he was “The Greatest”, Muhammad Ali. 

The boxing legend and humanitarian died on Friday, June 3, surrounded by his wife Lonnie and his children. 

The iconic sports figure left an everlasting impression to his city, state, country and the world.  He became a light of hope, give a sense of pride and made it okay to have self-confidence. 

The West Louisville native “shocked” the world once again by planning many of the immediate events after his death. 

Thousands of people lined the streets all over the city but where the champ grew up on Grand Ave in the Parkland neighborhood rose to the occasion. 

I think it’s safe to say that thousands flocked to the street just to get a glimpse of the Ali Procession. 

Louisville Metro Police officers walked with so much pride as they protected Ali.   

With so much going on that day, the celebrity guests secretly flew into the city and back out before many noticed they were in the city. 

Here’s some of the names of the dignitaries that attended Muhammad Ali’s memorial at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville:

Common, Whoopi Goldberg, Terrell Owens, Donnie Simpson, Omari Hardwick, Dick Gregory, Don King, Carl Weathers, Kareem Adbul-Jabbar, David Beckham, Martin Luther King III, Ron Brashear, Dave Chappell, Lyle Massey, Pat Riley, Junior Bridgeman, Ray Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Hornung, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman John Yarmuth, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Min. Louis Farrakhan, Neil Leifer, Larry Holmes, Vinnie Paz, Felix Manuel Rodriguez, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Andre Berto, Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Rev. Jesse Jackson, John Calipari, Rick Pitino, UofL Men’s Basketball team, Derek Anderson, Darrell Griffith, Jim Brown, Spike and Tonya Lee, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bob Costas, Matt Lauer, Billy Crystal, Valerie Jarrett, President Bill Clinton, Hamid Karzai, Tayyip Erdogan, Louisville government officials and state officials.

If you have a story you would like to share about how Muhammad Ali inspired you send it to The411@whas11.com.  In the subject line put #InspiredByAli. 

You can use that hashtag if you send it to me on Twitter @Sherlenemediapr and Instagram @Sherlenemediapro.  


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