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71 WINTER/SPRING 2018 D rive anywhere in the city of Louisville and you're sure to notice one of the 30 photographic murals honoring our "Hometown Heroes"  —  those who helped put the Derby City on the map. The program started in 2002 by the Greater Louisville Pride Foundation with the original intent of honoring Louisville native Muhammad Ali. The University of Louisville is well represented in this program, having a direct or peripheral connection to more than half of the existing banners, underscoring the institution's influence on its city. The most recent banner was unveiled in October, honoring Alberta Jones, who graduated third in her business class from Uof L in 1953. Jones went on to become the first African-Amer- ican woman to pass the Kentucky Bar exam. Her client, Muhammad Ali, did not graduate from Uof L though his ties to the institution run deep. Prior to his death in 2016, Ali received the inaugural Grawemeyer Spirit Award. Uof L also boasts the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice. Other Uof L-related "Hometown Heroes" include: • American sculptor Ed Hamilton, who received an honorary doctorate from UofL in 2004 and was honored as a 2005 Alumni Fellow. • Bob Edwards, "one of the most celebrated broadcast journalists," attended night school at UofL in the 1960s in order to graduate in four years to avoid being drafted without a degree. • Journalist Diane Sawyer did not graduate from UofL, but she did attend one semester of law school on campus. • Harold Kleinert and Joseph Kutz helped make Louisville an internationally-known destination for hand and upper extremity surgery, and the center that bears their names produced the nation's first five hand transplants. • The Bulleit Distilling Company was created in 1987 so Tom Bulleit , a UofL law grad, could revive his great-great grandfather's (Augustus Bulleit) bourbon legacy. • Another UofL law graduate, Tori Murden McClure , was the first woman and American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She has served as the president of Spalding University since 2010. • Though not a UofL graduate, Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis had a strong connection to the institution nonetheless, having donated his entire personal library to the law school, which was named after him in 1997. • New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton, who received a BA in English from UofL in 1961, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UofL in 1993 and the Alumna of the Year Award in 1997. • Patrick Hughes , who was born blind, joined the UofL marching band and played trumpet while his father pushed him in his wheelchair. His book titled "I Am Potential," was turned into a movie in 2015. • Actress Jennifer Lawrence didn't attend the school, but she did lend her voice to UofL's ACC entrance video in 2014 and has donated money toward arts grants that benefit UofL programs. • Lisa Harrison played basketball for the University of Tennessee and the WNBA before joining UofL's athletic department as an outreach coordinator. • Darrell Griffith , UofL's all-time leading scorer, is honored on the Watterson City Building along 1-264 East. The player, known as "Dr. Dunkenstein," was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. • Griffith's UofL coach, Denny Crum , led the Cardinals to 23 NCAA tournament appearances during his 30-year career and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. The Hometown Heroes program is slated to end at the end of this year, but at least three more murals are in the works before that happens. UofL faces are among dozens of murals sprinkled throughout the city NO PLACE LIKE HOME Mural of Ed Hamilton.

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