(Louisville, KY) The Stamina Foundation cordially invites you to their inaugural Acts of Kindness (A.O.K.) Gala on Friday, October 14th at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. 6th Street in the heart of downtown Louisville, KY. The black tie optional event will begin with a “Meet and Greet” reception at 7:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m. During the reception guests will have an opportunity to take a tour of the center and its new exhibits named in memory of legendary boxer, humanitarian and Louisville native Muhammad Ali, who died on June 3rd of this year at the age of 74. Former UK players and other NBA players and coaches will be in attendance for the “Meet and Greet”.
Fellow Louisville native Derek L. Anderson and founder of the Stamina Foundation and A.O.K. understands the importance of giving back to the community. The NBA and NCAA champion was a great individual basketball player but also knows that working as a team both on and off the court creates positive results. His goal and aspiration is to empower youth and give confidence to pursue their dreams. The A.O.K. was created to show our youth that being kind is the ONLY way we can be great!
During the gala, Anderson and his Stamina team will recognize a community leader with the Muhammad Ali Award and the Derek L. Anderson Acts of Kindness Award. Anderson says “Random acts of kindness are not enough, we must begin to create a new culture, where being kind to others is a way of life and expected. Since launching this initiative it’s taken on a life of its own. I’m getting calls from all over the world asking how they can help. Very soon we will be able to announce a few programs that will benefit not only the City of Louisville but the state and the region. I want to create a model to be developed all over the world.”
There’s a limited amount of individual tickets still available as well as corporate sponsorships. Go to www.StaminaFD.com to secure your table. Proceeds benefit the Stamina Foundation which will go to programs and events to benefit youth and the development of Stamina Academy.
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Special Report by Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville
On Friday, June3, the “Greatest Of All Time” has passed away. Muhammad Ali died surrounded by family and loved ones in Arizona. The Louisville, Ky. native born Cassius Marcellus Clay to Cassius Sr. and Odessa Clay on January 17, 1942. Ali was the father of nine children, seven daughters and two sons.
To date Ali remains the only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion. He won the title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.
Growing up as a young girl in the same city, I would see Ali on various occasions but when I close my eyes I can vividly see him running down Broadway with his brother by his side. Muhammad and Rahman would run and shadowbox. He would be showing off and many times slowing and/or stopping traffic. As a young girl, I used to say “What in the world is he doing?” Not knowing he was preparing himself to be one of the most influential people in the world. I was familiar with boxing because it was extremely popular then. I even had Greg Page and one of his trainers Leroy Edmerson as members of my church.
In hindsight, we take those moments for granted.
Another special moment is when I ran into Ali on Fourth Street in 1986. He was sitting in the back of a box truck signing autographs in front of the Galleria which is known today as Fourth Street Live. He gave me and my mom an “Introduction to Islam” book. I remembered he laughed about our names because they were so similar (Shirley and Sherlene). He turned to me and said ‘how you spell that’ in his larger than life voice.
I’ve been following the household name pretty much all of my adult life. It was only an added bonus when I had the ability to cover events and stories involving the man who had no problem telling you “I’m so pretty,” “I’m the greatest,” and “The champ is here.” He gave hope to those that saw no hope and a voice to many who couldn’t speak for themselves.
To Louisville who has a street named in his honor, he was hometown, but to the world he was the man who floated like a butterfly and could sting like a bee. He was “The Greatest”.
Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 leaving his wife Lonnie Ali of almost 30 years and nine children and grandchildren.
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The panel discussion will be a talker with Rachel Anne (Dolezal) speaking at the Louisville event
Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Louisville
I’m heading to Nashville later this week to attend the International Black Film Festival but I will return to Louisville just in time for the United Nations’ 3rd Annual International Day of the Girl. I just RSVP’d for the Sunday, October 11th event at the Muhammad Ali Center. There will be several film and documentary screenings. You can see films like Somewhere Between, Skin, The Sapphires and Little White Lie.
There will be a panel discussion over lunch as well. The discussion will focus on the films and the impact of identity within a culture or for an individual; either assigned or proclaimed. The topic, How is identity determined? Who decides? How do you fill in your, “I AM? “
The discussion will take place at 11 am. Ambassador Shabazz will be the moderator. Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley, Associate Dean of A&S Pan African Studies; Lacey Schwartz, Documentary Filmmaker; Paula Madison, Philanthropist, Author & Filmmaker and Rachel Anne, Social & Cultural Activist.
You may not recognize the name but you definitely know Rachel Anne. She made headlines in Spokane, Washington as Rachel Dolezal. She resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP chapter following questions concerning her race.
Dolezal is now going by Rachel Anne and she is scheduled to be in Louisville. This is one of the first public appearances since her parents, Larry and Ruthanne Dolezal said their daughter has always identified with the African-American culture but she is Caucasian.
That firestorm caused a lot of people to question Rachel Anne and now she will speak out in Louisville on the topic.
The discussion on Sunday, October 11th will give her an opportunity to explain her stance. If you would like to hear the panel discussion, you need to RSVP by October 2nd at http://unidotg3.eventbrite.com.
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The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville opens a new exhibit. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness. It provides children an opportunity to explore their feelings through facial expressions, words, movement, art making and other hands-on activities.
For more information go to www.alicenter.org.
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