>> Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, himself, wanted an open and inclusive funeral. And now his hometown fans in Louisville, Kentucky, are getting ready for the big send-off this week, starting with an Islamic memorial service on Thursday at Freedom Hall. The site of Ali's last professional fight in Louisville in 1961.
At least 14,000 people are expected to attend. Ali will then make his last appearance in Louisville's KFC Yum Center on Friday where the final tribute will take place. Thousands of his fans lined up over night for tickets.>> A legend. I'm here for a legend. This man is history.
Like my daddy used to take me and tell me about this man. Like he paved the way for me so why not come up here and show my respects for him. I met Ali when I was about seven years old at church and he hugged me, he picked me up, he hugged me, he kissed me, he gave me so much love I just wanted to be here because he's such an inspiration.
To our community here in Louisville and around the world.>> Former President Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal are scheduled to deliver eulogies at the main service on Friday afternoon. A funeral procession will pass through. Through a boulevard bearing Ali's name on the way to Cave Hill Cemetery.
Ali, one of the best known figures of the 20th century, an unofficial spokesman for millions of Black and oppressed people around the world, died last week after a 32 year battle with Parkinson's disease.