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Birmingham Mayor William Bell Invited to Participate in Muhammad Ali Memorial Service in Louisville

Media Advisory

April Odom
Mayor’s Office of Public Information

 Birmingham Mayor William Bell has been invited to participate in the Muhammad Ali Memorial Service in Louisville. “Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky invited me on behalf of the family of Muhammad Ali, and it is both a great honor and privilege to be asked to attend the Memorial Service celebrating the life of Muhammad Ali,” said Mayor William Bell. 


 The Memorial Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the KFC Yum! Center in the Champ’s hometown of Louisville, KY. The Friday service will see former President Bill Clinton, longtime sportscaster Bryant Gumbel and comedian and close Ali friend Billy Crystal, among others, delivering eulogies.


“Muhammad Ali was a confident and outspoken African American man at a time when the United States was just coming out of racial segregation. He embodied greatness and gave us all something to aspire to by being the greatest of all time. The Champ will be deeply missed and never forgotten,” said Mayor Bell. 


 Mayor Bell was invited as part of his work on the United States Conference of Mayors advisory board, his work in human rights and in his capacity as the Mayor of the City of Birmingham, known as the birthplace of the civil rights movement, the movement that changed the world.

 The City will be gathering messages for the next few days for Mayor Bell to present to the family next week. Submissions can be sent to or via social media using the hashtag #bhamlove4ali