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Hundreds visit Muhammad Ali Center to pay tribute to legendary boxer

Sunday, June 05, 2016 - 01:13

Tributes to the late heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali are pouring in at the center that bears his name in his hometown Louisville, Kentucky. Diane Hodges reports.

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They have come to say goodbye to Muhammad Ali. At the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, crowds are gathing to pay tribute to the man who came to be known as much for his political activism as his boxing brilliance. Lauren Hoard summed up what Ali meant to many. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOUISVILLE RESIDENT, LAUREN HOARD, SAYING: "Well, you know, I am from Louisville, and Muhammad Ali has just meant so much to the city and to the world. And he is not just the greatest boxer, but he is a great humanitarian, he has done so much to the world, and it just great to be able to come and give him thanks." Redell Atkinson says Ali's message will always resonate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REDELL ATKINSON, VISITOR FROM VIRGINIA, SAYING: "He fought for all of us whether it would be a minority, a woman, a Christian, a Muslim whatever it is that I recognize as, and I think that it is important that we will continue to just fight for what we believe in. And, you know, we are all different but we are all here together, and we are all on this planet as a one, so we just have to stay united and keep fighting." Ali, who had long suffered from Parkinson's syndrome died on Friday at age 74. His death triggered a worldwide outpouring of affection and admiration for one of the best-known figures of the 20th century. And for some visiting the Ali Center -- a lesson in how to fight back.

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Hundreds visit Muhammad Ali Center to pay tribute to legendary boxer

Sunday, June 05, 2016 - 01:13