The Eighth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are Only Week Away!
The Eighth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are Only Week Away!

Sold Out Event will be Livestreamed on Ali Center's Website

Starting November 12, 2021 at 8:00pm EST

The Eighth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will take place Friday, November 12th at 8:00pm EST, and for the first time ever, will be hosted at the Muhammad Ali Center. This year’s awards will also be viewable to the public via livestream from the Ali Center’s website. The Awards incorporate two categories: “seasoned” awards, honoring individuals who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to humanitarianism and a host of philanthropic causes, and “six core principle” awards, presented to young adults who are 30 years of age or under.
Please note: The Muhammad Ali Center will be closed to the public on Friday, November 12 in preparation for the Humanitarian Awards. 
Watch the #AliAwards Here

Meet Our Awardees!

Seasoned Awardees
  • Ann Curry, award-winning journalist known for her persistent humanitarian reporting, will be honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship.
  • Ina Bond, Chair Emeritus of the Muhammad Ali Center Board of Directors, and the daughter of W. L. Lyons Brown, who was one of the eleven sponsors who supported Muhammad Ali’s early professional boxing career, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Chef Edward Lee and Lindsey Ofcacek, co-founders of The LEE Initiative, a nonprofit that is dedicated to diversity and equality in the restaurant industry, will receive the Kentucky Humanitarian Award.
  • Dr. Richard Lapchick, human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, and internationally recognized expert on sports and social issues, will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Six Core Principle Awardees

  • Chelsea Miller & Nialah Edari, ages 24 and 25 (Home Country: United States) recipients of the Confidence Award for co-founding Freedom March NYC, one of the largest youth-led civil rights organizations in New York. 
  • Clementine Jacoby, age 29 (Home Country: United States) recipient of the Respect Award for building an open-source platform to turn fragmented criminal justice data into actionable insights for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the public.
  • Yvette Ishimwe, age 23 (Home Country: Rwanda) recipient of the Giving Award for leading the initiative to offer innovative drinking water solutions for vulnerable communities in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Darius Baxter, age 27 (Home Country: United States) recipient of the Spirituality Award for his work to alleviate poverty in Washington, D.C., and to facilitate funds that provide options and opportunity to families living in public housing.
  • Christian Stephen, age 26 (Home country: England) recipient of the Dedication Award for his frontline coverage of conflict and human rights issues in primarily hostile environments.
  • Sonita Alizadeh, age 25 (Home country: Afghanistan) recipient of the Conviction Award for raising awareness of forced child marriage through her song Daughters for Sale and sharing her own story of escaping child marriage in the award-winning documentary Sonita by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami. 

Host & Presenters

The Event Host will be Kathy Sledge, singer, songwriter, author, producer, manager, and Grammy nominated music icon that has garnered praise from critics and a legion of fans from all over the world. Known for her signature voice in Sister Sledge, who originated worldwide anthems like “We Are Family,” “Thinking of You,” and “He’s the Greatest Dancer,” has inspired millions of listeners across every generation.
Award presenters of the evening will be:
  • Lonnie Ali, Co-Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center and wife of Muhammad Ali
  • Roger Floyd, Uncle of George Floyd, Co-Founder of George Floyd Memorial Center
  • Thomas McLaurin, Cousin of George Floyd, Co-Founder of George Floyd Memorial Center
  • Anwar Khan, President of Islamic Relief, USA
  • Darnell “Super Chef” Ferguson, Celebrity Chef, Philanthropist, Restauranteur, and Entrepreneur
  • Michael Waters, professor, pastor, commentator, activist, and author of For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World
  • Rasheda Ali, author, speaker, actress, Parkinson's disease advocate, and daughter of Muhammad Ali
Read the Full Press Release Here

Days of Greatness

November 10 & 11

Attention Young Leaders Ages 16 - 24!

YOUth are the Greatest!

November 10, 2021
6:00 - 9:00pm

You are invited to attend the first annual YOUth are the Greatest! celebration! This event celebrates the incredible contributions that our young people have made throughout our community over the past year. Enjoy a night full of food, music, games, prizes, amazing performances by local artists, and connect with local youth vendors and youth run organizations. Plus, have after-hour access to the Muhammad Ali Center exhibits!
Register Here

Communities for Immunity is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit

Empowering Children Through Story Amid Social Crisis

November 11, 2021

5:30 - 6:30pm
Please join the Muhammad Ali Center for a special presentation by award-winning author Michael W. Waters! Dr. Waters will talk about the importance of stories and how they can help empower children during uncertain times. In particular, he will discuss the importance of reading with children during times of crisis and how stories can help adults further engage with children in conversations about social issues and social change. This event will include a special book signing and sale of Dr. Waters award-winning children’s book, For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World.
Register Here

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The Muhammad Ali Center is a 501(c)(3) organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors and achieves its mission through the generosity of individual, corporate and foundation donors like you!
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