The award gives him $100,000 in cash and is supported by the US National Constitution Center. The center, when granting Ali the medal, described him as “an ambassador for peace and justice worldwide”.
Ali came out on stage with the medal around his neck, bringing the crowd to its feet. Ali is loved around the world for his contributions to mankind, and not just his prowess as heavy weight champion of the world.
Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila gave tribute to her father:
“His intention in life has always been to give back and to give to others and to make sure this world was a better place than when he first got here and that’s why my father is the most honourable man in my eyes, to me, and I’m so honoured to be here for him today.”