The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: Louisville native Muhammad Ali will be back in his hometown along with his wife Lonnie and one of his daughter's Laila Ali. They will be apart of the Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award. The event will be held on October 3rd at the Galt House in downtown Louisville. Grammy Award singer/songwriter Christina Aguilera will headline the event along with multi-Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and humanitarian Michael Bolton. Aguilera will receive the first ever Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award. In the Inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards former President Jimmy Carter, Aguilera and Bolton, Kentuckian Mark Hogg, and six young adults around the world who have made significant contributions toward the attainment of peace, social justice or other positive actions pertaining to human or social capital. The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are unique because they are inspired by the six core principles that have guided Muhammad’s life---confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality--and they also serve as the six pillars of The Muhammad Ali Center.
Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center says, “The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will shine rays of light and hope to the world as Muhammad, himself, has done for so many years. Our Muhammad Ali Humanitarians are saving lives and bringing hope to people all around the world. These outstanding young women and men are great examples of the legacy that Muhammad will leave on this world. It is through them and other young people like them that one day we will reach a world where no one has to be thirsty, where no one has to be hungry and where one day we can all live in peace.”
The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will be emceed by Touré, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle which airs daily at 3pm. He is also the author of "I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became An Icon," and “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now,” which was named one of the Most Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has published three previous books and is currently co-writing the autobiography of the legendary rapper Nas. He is a columnist for Time.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Other confirmed guests are Mayor Greg Fischer, Senator Rand Paul, Congressman John Yarmuth, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Coach John Calipari, Coach Jeff Walz and the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team, Laila Ali, Ambassador Martin Anjaba of Namibia, musicians C. J. Vanston, and Michael Fitzpatrick, and others.
Tickets for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards can be purchased through the Muhammad Ali Center’s web site (www.alicenter.org/awards) or by calling 502.992.5353. Tickets are $1,000 per person, but there are also a limited number of tickets for sale at $500. Tables of ten are available for $10,000. The final date for RSVP and ticket purchasing will be Wednesday, September 25th.
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