In death Ali renews pride in the West End

In death Ali renews pride in the West End
(Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - "He's the greatest from right here in West Louisville, Kentucky!" a woman shouted after Muhammad Ali's funeral procession passed in front of his childhood home on Friday.

"The West Side," Toya Johnson said, laughing.

For some, there was no place else they'd rather say goodbye to The Champ from than the little pink house on Grand Avenue, where it all began.

"This is my home," Charlene Hampton Holloway told us. "And I hope that people understand that great things have happened in the West End."

Like, for example, one of the greatest figures in American history. A man who is beloved around the world, and one who came straight out of the West End.

"I've been thinking, with all these young people killing each other and shooting each other, that maybe they will look at this, look at that little bitty house across the street and say 'I can too,'" Debra Brown said.

Johnson hopes Ali's story will be the catalyst for change, inspiring young people who may be headed down the wrong path.

"There's hope. They can believe in themselves and they can stand up for something," she said.

Ali's Louisville had the eyes of the world upon it Friday. Once again he managed to show it off.

"It was my wish that everybody, from all over the globe, come to where he grew up," Johnson said.

Together, they celebrated Muhammad Ali and the place that he called home.

"Unity! That is what Ali does. This is what he was about," others shouted.

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