MIAMI BEACH, FL - 1964: (FILE PHOTO) On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali will celebrate his 70th birthday. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery..http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=135903857&EditorialProduct=Archival&esource=maplinARC_uki_jan12 ..Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali) in action against Sonny Liston during their heavyweight title fight February 25, 1964 in Miami Beach, Florida. Clay won the contest, becoming world champion, when Liston failed to come out at the start of the seventh round. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
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The man many consider to be the greatest boxer of all time will receive the 2012 Liberty Medal in a presentation at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. not because he was a champion in the ring, but because he was "a champion of freedom"
Muhammad Ali will be presented with the award by his daughter, boxer Laila Ali, as well as by Claressa Shields, who became America's first gold-medal winning women's boxer, and gold-medal rower Susan Francia, who is from the Philadelphia area. Ali's wife, Lonnie, will accept the award on behalf of the 70-year-old boxer.
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. and be broadcast live on WPVI-TV/6 ABC.
There will be presentations by Terrence Howard, who portrayed Ali in film, Dikembe Mutombo, who is a trustee of the Constitution Center and was a boy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when Ali had his famous Rumble in the Jungle, Pennsylvania governor Thomas W. Corbett, and Philadelphia mayor Michael A. Nutter as well as others. Roberta Flack will perform as well.
The National Constitution Center says they are honoring Ali as "a living embodiment of the Constitution who exemplifies everything the award was established to honor: individuals of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe." The award is a special one as the center looks to celebrate the 225th birthday of the U.S. Constitution.
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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be awarded the National Constitution Center's 2012 Liberty Medal on Thursday. Ali is going to be honored as a champion of freedom and a living embodiment of the constitution, as he's been an activist for religious and civil right since the 1960s.
The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center, which is celebrating the 225th anniversary of the United States Constitution. Ali, 70, will be present with his wife Lonnie Ali, who will deliver the acceptance speech.
"Muhammad Ali symbolizes all that makes America great, while pushing us as a people and as a nation to be better," said President and CEO of the National Constitution Center David Eisner in July. "Each big fight of his life has inspired a new chapter of civic action. We look forward to welcoming him back to the Center, particularly during this momentous 225th anniversary year."
The event will be broadcast live on WPVI-TV/6ABC and webcast live on www.6abc.com.