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Congressman Yarmuth Reintroduces Muhammad Ali Legacy Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) reintroduced the Muhammad Ali Legacy Act, which would establish a federal grant program to promote global respect, understanding, and communication. Using values that Ali has advocated for and realized throughout his life, the initiative would seek ways to build upon Ali’s humanitarian work.

“Muhammad Ali has spent a lifetime promoting justice through peace and understanding,” Yarmuth said. “Through his extensive humanitarian efforts and those of the Ali Center, Muhammad has solidified a legacy of compassion and outreach that is unparalleled. This legislation will help preserve and extend that legacy.”

“Congressman Yarmuth’s reintroduction of the Muhammad Ali Legacy Act to Congress is so timely during this week of Muhammad’s 71st birthday,” said Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. “Since the Act was first introduced to Congress a year ago, the need for programs that promote global respect and citizenship, cross-cultural understanding, and communications, have increased exponentially. The Muhammad Ali Center works hard at preserving Muhammad’s legacy through programs that encourage young people to draw inspiration from Muhammad Ali’s core principles and to change the world for the better. We applaud Congressman Yarmuth’s introduction of this bill and believe it will help nurture respect, global citizenship, and a more compassionate world.”

Specifically, the grant program seeks to:

-Prepare young leaders to contribute to global society through peace building, conflict resolution, violence prevention, character education, and education about world cultures, religions, and languages;

-Provide a positive, productive path for young people to combat radicalism, terrorist networks, and organized crime;

-Use technology to empower people around the world – including adults, young people, educators, and civic, community, religious, and corporate leaders – to discuss common interests and concerns, share information, and engage in cross-cultural learning;

-Creating a global gathering place – both online and in person – for negotiation and mediation.

The bill authorizes $5 million a year for the grant program, which would be administered by the State Department and fund U.S. nonprofit organizations that work to promote these values. Yarmuth also introduced the bill in the 112th Congress.

In 2005, Ali established the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville. The center is a cultural attraction and an international education hub whose work is based on the core values by which Ali lives: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality.