Lou Gossett Jr. to recieve Ali Humanitarian Award for Education

Gossett receiving Ali Humanitarian Award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- He has an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and now Lou Gossett Jr., is adding an Ali Humanitarian Award to his resume.

The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are happening Saturday night at the Muhammad Ali Center, part of a day of tributes for The Champ.

Gossett is best known for his work in the 1982 movie "An Officer and a Gentleman,” but his proudest work has been with his foundation called Eracism, an effort to end racism in the world.

Muhammad Ali and Gossett were close friends and the actor said Ali brought out the best in people while bringing them together.

"At his funeral, what a statement that people who are enemies of one another were on that stage, saluting him. Second time I've seen that. The other one was Mandela and before that it was maybe Dr. King. Something about those men teach me how to behave myself. So he's not only a good friend, but he's one of those bearers of good will,” Gossett said.

Gossett will receive the Ali Award for Education.

Another recipient, Jon Secada, will join Tabnie Dozier tomorrow morning on GMK.


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