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GA NAACP joins Muslim community for service honoring Muhammad Ali

(Source: Georgia NAACP) (Source: Georgia NAACP)
ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) -

Georgia’s NAACP will join the state’s Muslim community for an interfaith memorial service for Muhammad Ali.

The service will be held Thursday, June 9 at the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Georgia’s oldest Muslim house of worship.

In addition to the memorial service, mosques across the state of Georgia plan to conduct funeral prayers for the renowned athlete and humanitarian on Friday after each mosque’s weekly congregational service.

“One of Muhammad Ali’s many iconic moments occurred when he lit the 1996 Olympic flame here in Atlanta,” event organizers said. “It is only fitting that Atlanta Muslims unite with our neighbors of all backgrounds to thank God for Muhammad Ali.”

During the Thursday evening memorial service, Georgians from diverse communities plan to discuss what Muhammad Ali’s legacy means to them. 

Ali died on June 3 at the age of 74 after suffering for years with Parkinson’s Disease.

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