At 70 years old, Ali will receive the medal at a special ceremony on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center on Independence Hall.
“Ali embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal by embracing the ideals of the Constitution – freedom, self-governance, equality and empowerment – and helping to spread them across the globe,” said former President Bill Clinton, chairman of the National Constitution Center.
Admired for his outspokenness and constant drive to stand his ground on issues he believes, Ali has inspired the world to do the same.
“Muhammad Ali symbolizes all that makes America great, while pushing us as a people and as a nation to be better,” said National Constitution Center president and chief executive officer David Eisner. “Each big fight of his life has inspired a new chapter of civic action.”
Ali began fighting at the tender age of 12 and grew to become one of history’s most legendary boxers. From knocking out some of the sports most intimidating to refusing to enroll in the army, he has been controversial, yet heroic to many.