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Muhammad Ali To Receive Liberty Medal In Philadelphia Thursday

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.