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“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.

Contact for Sponsorship Information:   

Becky Morris

Past Attendees of the
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards

2013 Attendees

Christina Aguilera, Awardee

Mayor Greg Fischer, Presenter *

President Jimmy Carter, Awardee

Laila Ali, Presenter

Lonnie Ali, Presenter *

Michael Bolton, Awardee

Muhammad Ali, Presenter

Toure, Host

2014 Attendees

Common, Awardee

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

2015 Attendees

Aaron Stevens, Presenter

Dhani Jones, Presenter

Geena Davis, Awardee

Harry Belafonte, Awardee **

Janet Evans, Host

Max Joseph, Presenter

Rose Mapendo, Awardee

2016 Attendees

Cindy Hensley McCain, Awardee

Craig Melvin, Host

Dwight Howard, Presenter

Jon Secada, Awardee

Louis Gossett, Jr., Awardee

Rasheda Ali, Presenter

Sheryl Lee Ralph, Awardee

2017 Attendees

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

2018 Attendees

Akbar Gbajabiamila, Host

Amy Carlson, Awardee

Dave Eggers, Awardee

Heather French Henry, Presenter

Juan Williams, Presenter

Martin Luther King, III, Presenter

Other Guests

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.


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