Wife of late Muhammad Ali discusses new mission for champ's legacy

Lonnie's new mission for Ali's legacy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Lonnie Ali is still very much grieving the loss of her spouse while learning to navigate without the man she calls her soul mate.

Ali says it’s very much one day at a time with some days being better than others.

She says the one constant is living her life with purpose and her purpose is the keeper of Muhammad Ali’s legacy. She considers it her most important job now because that legacy affects the world.

Muhammad Ali is the most recognizable person on the planet – a boxing great but his greatest lessons were outside the ring.

Putting everything on the line for what he believed, Lonnie says there’s another lesson he taught her as well. That lesson – not to judge.

Many wonder what her husband would think about Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. It was his way he says of addressing social injustices. Many have made that comparison to Ali.

Lonnie says she thinks he would be proud of him taking a stand, trying to do something about it.

Looking inside to find your own greatness – it’s the Ali in all of us.

Lonnie is encouraging everyone to donate their time and talents by volunteering 75 hours to honor Muhammad Ali who would have turned 75 in January.

Tuesday night, she will thank the community for its outpouring of love – the magnitude she still can’t comprehended in welcoming him home.

Lonnie says she wasn’t expecting that complete outpouring of love and isn’t sure we’ll see it again. In fact, she says President Clinton who attended the funeral said he won’t. It was a hero’s welcome home never seen before.

Lonnie’s mission to bottle that feeling and challenge everyone each and every day to find the Ali in all of us.

Not coming together just in death but in life, each and every day – the Ali way.  


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