NFL's Brown among Muhammad Ali Humanitarian honorees

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by C.J. Daniels

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 28 at 4:34 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – An NFL Hall of Famer, an Academy Award-winning actress, and a Grammy Award-winner will all be honored for their humanitarian efforts in Louisville this September.

Recipients include NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, international humanitarian and entrepreneur Mick Ebeling, Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, hip-hop artist and Grammy Award-winner Common and 6 young adults under 30 who are humanitarians here in Kentucky.

A Louisville couple will be the recipient of the Kentucky Humanitarian Award for their service to a school for at-risk youth.

Robert and Deborah Blair, who are the founders of the West End School, will be honored for their dedication and hard work for creating the free, private college preparatory program for young men. The school challenges young men to achieve the highest levels character and intellectual growth.

“The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are a concrete example of using Muhammad's ideals to inspire young people to courageously do great things in the world," Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center said in a statement.

Lassere says the awards are designed to spotlight the power of making a difference and giving the community a chance to witness as well as be inspired by the greatness within others and ourselves.

Other celebrities confirmed for the event include the NBC Today Show anchor Matt Lauer, actress Holly Robinson-Peete, actor William Mapother and CNN justice correspondent Pamela Brown.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will take place on September 27 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

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