Rename US Airport after Ali

Vijdan Saeed

On June 3, 2016, Louisville’s greatest son, Muhammad Ali passed away, succumbing to his 30-year fight against Parkinson’s disease; he was 74. Muhammad Ali, in his life and even in his passing, brought the world together around a message of peace, love, and understanding. He genuinely deserves a gesture of glowing tribute and I suggest that the ‘Louisville International Airport’, be renamed as ‘Muhammad Ali International Airport’ to memorialise his legacy. Ali was undoubtedly the most promising, the most colourful, the most brilliant and, of course, the greatest champion of boxing, the world has ever produced. The proud Louis villain went on to become not only greatest champion of Boxing, but an effective global ambassador for peace and humanitarianism. A petition was moved to rename the Louisville International Airport after Muhammad Ali, on the website ‘’, on June 12 asking for at least 500 signatures before the request is sent on to the Airport authority, Gov. Matt Bevin, both Houses of the Kentucky General Assembly, US Rep. John Yarmuth, US Sen. Mitch McConnell and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. As of Monday morning, it has 398 digital signatures. The petition states that, ‘his memorial service has brought together people from all walks of life, rich, poor, learned, unlearned, regardless of race, colour, creed, national origin, and religion’. People from Louisville said “Although some may see this as a simple name change, we have an opportunity to show the world our appreciation for Ali’s legacy and his life. It’s an opportunity to unite our city and the world in the name of Peace and Love. It’s what Ali was all about. We call upon people all over the globe to participate in our efforts. Ali inspired people all over the world to come together and shed our differences. This is an opportunity to unite in Ali’s life mission.” Muhammad Ali brought the world together, his home going service was his greatest contribution to our global community. His message was simple: peace, love, understanding and using inspiration to maximize our human potential. In Louisville, for 8 days, city stood still in remembrance of this great man.
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