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Libraries unveil heavyweight book about heavyweight champ


University Libraries unveiled its 2 millionth volume at a Nov. 16 ceremony, 18 years to the day it unveiled its 1 millionth volume.

The celebration commemorated not only the book, “GOAT: Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali,” but also Ali’s life and contributions, University of Louisville President James Ramsey said. U of L has the 724th copy of only 1,000 copies of the book; only six copies are held in libraries.

“It’s really a fabulous addition to our collection,” said libraries Dean Hannelore Rader.

Al Herring, director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at U of L, spoke on behalf of the institute; the Muhammad Ali Center, which will open in Louisville this week; and the Ali family. Because there are people like Ali in the world, Herring said, there still is a reason for hope despite escalating crime and violence worldwide. Ali is “deeply in love with the notion” that everyone can work on issues of hope and peace, he said.

A multimedia story of the book celebration will be on the U of L news site late afternoon Nov. 17.

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