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Muhammad Ali visits Lexington, 1995

Posted on June 3, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, center, greeted people of all ages on Feb. 18, 1995, during his visit to Lexington’s Dunbar Community Center. He posed for pictures, signed autographs and playfully shadow-boxed with kids. The visit was intended to promote the play “Ali” the next weekend at the Lexington Opera House and to help heal the city after a police shooting sparked public protest and raised racial tensions across Lexington. Ali, then 53, didn’t speak much during his 2 1/2-hour morning visit with about 300 people at Dunbar Community Center. He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and talking was difficult. But he cuddled and kissed babies, embraced his fans and signed scraps of paper, boxing gloves and a Muhammad Ali pinball machine. By the time he left, he had a smear of pink lipstick on his left cheek and dozens of small boys clutching at his coattails. Click here to see another image from his visit to the Dunbar Center. During the daylong visit to Lexington, Ali also attended a University of Kentucky basketball game. Click here to see an image from our archives of Ali sitting on the UK bench. Ali died on June 3, 2016. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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