Muhammad Ali to receive Liberty Medal on Thursday
Published: September 13, 2012 11:56AM
Updated: September 13, 2012 11:58AM
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FILE - Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali displays his signature boxing pose after honoring outstanding surgeons and physicians at St. Joseph's Hospital Barrow Neurological Institute, in this Feb. 22, 2012 file photo taken in Phoenix. Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali will be awarded the medal on Thursday Sept. 13, 2012 at a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. 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. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHILADELPHIA • 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.