“An Evening to Celebrate Greatness”
Save the Date for the Seventh Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, held at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on Thursday, September 12, 2019!
The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were created in 2013 as a way to publicly recognize and celebrate the greatness of people from around the world.
This annual fundraising gala honors people who are making significant contributions toward securing peace, social justice, human rights, and/or social capital in their communities and on a global basis.
Each year, the Ali Center pays tribute to a number of high profile “seasoned humanitarians” who are named as Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees.
In addition, we honor six young adults, age 30 and under, who are serving as advocates, activists, and role models in ways that are ultimately transforming communities and bringing about positive change in the world. Each of these six winners are recognized for one of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.
Proceeds raised during the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards support educational initiatives, community programming, and on-site exhibitions.
For information about any of the past Awardees—including the “Six Core Principle” recipients, all 30 years or under—visit our Past Awards Information page.
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Past Attendees of the
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards
Christina Aguilera, Awardee
Mayor Greg Fischer, Presenter *
President Jimmy Carter, Awardee
Laila Ali, Presenter
Lonnie Ali, Presenter *
Michael Bolton, Awardee
Muhammad Ali, Presenter
Brad Montague & Robby Novak, Presenters
Holly Robinson-Peete, Presenter
Jim Brown, Awardee
Congressman John Yarmuth, Presenter
Mick Ebeling, Awardee
Pamela Brown, Presenter
Susan Sarandon, Awardee
William Mapother, Presenter
Aaron Stevens, Presenter
Dhani Jones, Presenter
Geena Davis, Awardee
Harry Belafonte, Awardee **
Janet Evans, Host
Max Joseph, Presenter
Rose Mapendo, Awardee
Cindy Hensley McCain, Awardee
Craig Melvin, Host
Dwight Howard, Presenter
Jon Secada, Awardee
Louis Gossett, Jr., Awardee
Rasheda Ali, Presenter
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Awardee
Ashley Judd, Awardee
Hill Harper, Awardee
Jamillah Ali-Joyce, Presenter
Michael Buffer, Host
HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Awardee
Paige Elenson, Awardee
Patricia Arquette, Awardee
Akbar Gbajabiamila, Host
Amy Carlson, Awardee
Dave Eggers, Awardee
Heather French Henry, Presenter
Juan Williams, Presenter
Martin Luther King, III, Presenter
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
Coach John Calipari
* Has Attended All Past Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards
** Could not attend for health reasons
Proceeds from the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards supports Ali Center programming and mission-based efforts.