facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Muhammad Ali receives Liberty Medal

Sept. 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM   |   Comments

1 of 2
| License Photo
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia awarded the 2012 Liberty Medal to boxer Muhammad Ali for his lifetime of personifying the quest for liberty.

Ali, 70, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, appeared on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center Thursday while his wife, Yolanda Ali, delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of the world champion boxer and Vietnam-era anti-war icon, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday.

"Muhammad has always believed that he lives within the great circle of humanity. He is, indeed, of the people," Yolanda Ali said. "His care, his concerns, his well wishes, are all focused on the people within that great circle -- we, the people."

The Liberty Medal, which was first awarded in 1989 and comes with a $100,000 prize, has previously been bestowed upon Sandra Day O'Connor, Colin Powell, Mikhail Gorbachev, Steven Spielberg, Bono, Nelson Mandela and Lech Walesa.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
ESPN reports on Michael Sam's showering habits, gets slammed
2
NFL upholds 1-year suspension of Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon
3
Argonauts come calling on Tiger-Cats
4
American League Game Summary - Minnesota at Kansas City
5
2014 FIBA World Cup Rosters
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback