TOPSHOT - A sign of Muhammad Ali Boulevard is seen where Muhammad Ali's remains will travel past before the boxing legend's burial June 9, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski
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Muhammad Ali will be laid to rest Friday, the culmination of a two-day farewell for the beloved boxing legend and civil rights hero who electrified crowds the world over.Starting at 9 am (1300 GMT), the funeral procession will wind through the city of 600,000 where Ali was born at a time of racial segregation.It will pass sites that were important to "The Greatest": his childhood home, the Ali Center, the Center for African American Heritage -- which focuses on the lives of blacks in Kentucky -- and, of course, along Muhammad Ali Boulevard before arriving at the Cave Hill Cemetery for a private burial. Former president Bill Clinton and comedian Billy Crystal will eulogize Ali.The abrupt departure came after organizers refused to allow Erdogan to lay a cloth from the Kaaba -- the cube-shaped structure at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque -- on Ali's coffin during Muslim funeral prayers Thursday, the Hurriyet Daily News reported, citing information from the president's office.On Thursday, thousands came together across creeds and nationalities for the Muslim prayer service in remembrance of Ali.For millions of Muslims around the world, Ali symbolized the true face of Islam, promoting peace and tolerance.
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