Pastor says Ali loved everybody, rich or poor
LOUISVILLE, KY -The interfaith memorial service for Muhammad Ali has begun at a sports arena packed with celebrities, politicians and athletes.
The crowd applauded as former President Bill Clinton, one of several people set to give a eulogy, arrived.
As the interfaith service got underway, the crowd of up to 15,000 burst into applause and chanted, "Ali! Ali!" when a Muslim religious leader welcomed the audience to "the home of the people's champ."
Hamzah Abdul Malik led the group in a recitation of verses from the Quran, which was translated by Ayah Kutmah.
Louisville pastor Kevin Cosby says Muhammad Ali loved everyone, whether they lived in the penthouse or the projects.
Cosby was among several faith leaders who spoke at Ali's memorial service on Friday in Louisville.
Cosby says Ali infused African-Americans with a "sense of somebodiness." He says that just as James Brown declared "I'm black and I'm proud," Ali proclaimed "I'm black and I'm pretty."
He says the boxing great "dared to affirm the power and capacity of African-Americans."