Muhammad Ali’s brother has taken center stage at a Sunday worship service at the church where their father was a longtime member in Louisville, Kentucky.
An emotional Rahaman Ali clapped and swayed to hymns and hugged members of King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville’s west end. The church features a painting by Ali’s father, Cassius Clay Sr., and isn’t far from the pink house where the boxing champion grew up.
Ali’s younger brother put his hand to his face, overcome with emotion, as church members paid tribute to his brother, who died late Friday in an Arizona hospital.
During the two-hour service, assistant pastor Charles Elliott III asked the congregation to stand to honor Muhammad Ali. In his tribute, Elliott said “there is no great man that has done more for this city than Muhammad Ali.”
Elliott’s father, the Rev. Charles Elliott Jr., knew Muhammad Ali for decades. He recalled Ali’s generosity in support of an anti-hunger program in the city.