The world will likely be watching on Friday as Muhammad Ali is laid to rest in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. A private ceremony will be held on Thursday for family, followed by a ceremony on Friday to “allow anyone that is there from the world to say goodbye” according to a statement by the family.
An interfaith ceremony on Friday will be highlighted by a variety of speakers, including President Bill Clinton, comedian Billy Crystal, and news personality Bryant Gumbel. ABC news notes vthat Clinton spoke fondly of Ali in California on Saturday, noting the fighter’s nearly aborted appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics as a defining moment:
Once the most graceful, powerful athlete in the world, with his hands shaking, holding on, he did his job,” Clinton said. “And in the very end he was actually astonishingly good humored about the burden of his later years. So by the time he died, who he was as a person was greater than his legend.”