Series to celebrate Ali birthday, black life, immigration stories


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 2012 University of Louisville-Yearlings Club community discussion series will open with a birthday celebration for soon-to-be-70 Muhammad Ali and end for spring with a community picnic, with programs in between that focus on immigrants’ stories and black life in Louisville.

    The Yearlings Club, a partner of UofL’s College of Arts and Sciences, is devoted to civic responsibility, community service and leadership development. Each year, the club organizes public events aimed at bringing people in Louisville together with UofL faculty members to share expertise, forge common bonds and explore issues.

    The events run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway, and include refreshments and networking opportunities. The series will wind up with a community picnic in April.

    The spring series includes:

    • Sunday, Jan. 8 – “Our Muhammad Ali: A Life, a Legend, a Birthday Celebration.” Classmates, neighbors and friends will share stories about “The Greatest” as the program celebrates the 70th birthday this month for Louisville’s native son, former professional boxer, philanthropist and social activist. The public is invited also to share stories of Ali growing up in Louisville.
    • Sunday, Feb. 12 – “Louisville: From the Black Side,” panel discussion about life in Louisville by community members with various perspectives including elders, youths and young professionals.
    • Sunday, March 11 – “Immigration: We’ve Come a Long Way,” panel discussion with Louisville immigrants about their experiences in coming to and contributing to the city.
    • Tuesday, April 17 – Community picnic

    For more information, contact Reginald Meeks at 502-852-3042 or or Marian Vasser at 502-852-2252 or

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.