PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired boxing great Muhammad Ali has been awarded the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia.

The award was presented in a ceremony at the National Constitution Center on Thursday. It recognizes his longtime role as a fighter outside the ring for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.

A frail Ali did not speak, but stood with assistance to receive the medal from his daughter, Laila. His wife Lonnie said Ali was honored and humbled to be a beacon of liberty.

Since hanging up his gloves in 1981, Ali has traveled extensively on international charitable missions and devoted his time to social causes.

Previous medal recipients include rock singer Bono, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former President Jimmy Carter.

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3 thoughts on “Muhammad Ali Receives Liberty Medal in Philly

  1. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    I Like what Ali did during his fights but after seeing the HBO special with Joe Frazier during the tough times of the 60’s I see him differentlly he was very mean to Joe this was funny to white peolpe but for me if hurt a lot of black peoples feeling….. if a black man put a monkey on a string and calls it another blackman theres is nothing funny about that…..SHIT…

  2. Muhammad,We’ve never met but As.a teen growing up in Philly I learned one thing from you.And that was ,pride in oneself..It was later That I understood why you changed your name.Pride..Most folks still don’t understand,that the names we have been given were first owned by plantation owners.Who owned our folks. So,pride in myself is the legacy you instilled in me..PRIDE.

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