The Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board announced yesterday (January 16) that its members voted to rename the Kentucky city’s primary airport after one of its most famous residents: boxing legend and racial justice activist Muhammad Ali.
— FlyLouisville (SDF) (@FlyLouisville) January 16, 2019
Per the statement, the decision to formally change Louisville International Airport’s name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport followed the recommendation of a working group that the board convened more than a year ago. Lonnie Ali called the decision to honor her late husband “a fitting testament to his legacy.”
Today (January 17) would have been Ali’s 77th birthday, had he not died from septic shock in June 2016. His widow marked the occasion with a message to fans:
— Muhammad Ali (@MuhammadAli) January 17, 2019