On June 3, 2016, Louisville’s greatest son Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74, succumbing to his 30 year fight against Parkinson’s disease. Muhammad Ali, in his life and even at the time of his passing away, promoted peace, love, and understanding. By renaming Louisville International Airport, Muhammad Ali International Airport, his legacy would be memorialised. 

Ali was undoubtedly boxing’s greatest champion. A campaign was started by individuals on change.org on June 12 . Under this campaign, 500 signatures are needed on a petition requesting Louisville Regional Airport Authority to rename the Louisville International Airport after Muhammad Ali. As of Monday morning, it has 398 digital signatures. “His memorial service brought together people from all walks of life, rich, poor, learned, unlearned, regardless of race, colour, creed, national origin, and religion,” the petition states. 

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, and understanding. 

VIJDAN SAEED,  

Islamabad, June 21.