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Give Peace a Chance exhibit at Ali Center marks 50 years since boxer and Beatles met


John Lennon and Yoko Ono, in 1969, used “Bed-Ins” as a way to put themselves and their message of peace in the public spotlight. Next month, visitors to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville and Abbey Road on the River will be able to learn more about the couple’s passion for peace and how they used these publicity stunts to garner international attention.
 
Through stories and photographs, the Give Peace a Chance exhibit will offer visitors the opportunity to sit on the edge of the “Bed-In” in Montreal that took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel for seven days in May of 1969.
 
The exhibit opens at the Ali Center on March 15 and ends on Memorial Day, May 26 which is the last day of this year’s Abbey Road on the River Festival.
 
The timing of this announcement comes almost to the day of the 50-year anniversary of Muhammad Ali’s meeting with the Beatles in Miami on the group’s first tour to the United States. They met just a few days prior to Ali’s epic bout against Sonny Liston in February 1964, when the then 22-year-old Cassius Clay became the Heavyweight Champion of the World for the first time.
 
“The Beatles and Muhammad Ali share a special place in history,” said Gary Jacob, founder of the Abbey Road on the River the Festival. “Fifty years ago they both shocked and rocked the world, and they still are. Now that the Ali Center and Abbey Road on the River have created a partnership, there will be more than ever to take in for the thousands of Beatles fans who attend the Abbey Road Festival.”
 
Donald Lassere, president and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center, agreed. “This partnership expands our offerings for the public. By adding the Give Peace A Chance exhibit … and being a venue for Abbey Road on the River performances, we feel confident that this will be an exceptional time to mark and pay tribute to the half century of greatness that The Beatles and Muhammad Ali have passionately given the world.”
 
The Ali Center is located at 144 North Sixth St. in downtown Louisville. Parking is available on side streets or in the PARC garage located below the Ali Center. For questions, call 502-584-9254.
 
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