2019-2021 Muhammad Ali Scholars Selected!

The Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice is proud to announce the 2019-2021 cohort of Muhammad Ali Scholars! On April 18th, Mr. Donald Lassere (CEO, Muhammad Ali Center), Dr. Mordean Taylor-Archer (Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs, University of Louisville), and Representative Charles Booker (KY House of Representatives, District 43) helped to welcome these bright young leaders who come from many areas of both the local and global communities. Listed below are the names of the scholar-activists that make up the 2019-2021 cohort:

Tya Cook
Mariyamo Issa
Christabel Kusi Appiah
Jayden Langley
Doneah Marshall
Coliwe Mhlanga
Dominique Roberts
Destiny Walker
Mehwish Zaminkhan

We are excited for all the work they will do to advance the social justice, peace-building and violence prevention work! During their first year in the program their priorities will include:

-          A summer of intense reading  about social justice issues through the lens of many different marginalized communities and about Muhammad Ali’s life as an Athlete, Activist, Symbol of Black Power, and United Nations Messenger of Peace/Humanitarianism

-          Participating in a structured curriculum designed to expose the students to social justice issues in our local community, throughout the nation, and the world

-          Creating sustainable high-impact service projects within the city of Louisville’s communities of disinvestment and marginalization

-          Traveling to West Africa to learn about issues of social justice through the lens of others as a way to inform their work from a global perspective

-          Collaborating with the Muhammad Ali Institute to develop programming which advances the social justice work and the legacy of the Institute

-          Collaborating with the Muhammad Ali Center on joint programming to further understanding about the core principles of Muhammad Ali