Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday

1:54 AM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
(L-R) Lonnie Ali, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and recording artist Sean 'Diddy' Combs appear onstage during the Keep Memory Alive foundation's 'Power of Love Gala' celebrating Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena February 18, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event benefits the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali is coming to Philadelphia to receive the Liberty Medal.
   
The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. It comes with a $100,000 cash prize.
   
Ali will be awarded the medal on Thursday at a ceremony at the National Constitution Center.
   
Ceremony officials say the 70-year-old Ali has built a legacy as a "tireless humanitarian and philanthropist." They call him a fighter for religious and civil rights, and an ambassador for peace and justice worldwide.
   
Previous medal recipients include rock singer and human rights activist Bono, former South African President Nelson Mandela and former President Jimmy Carter. Six winners later received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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