Humanitarian Awards attendees plan to carry on Ali's legacy
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality were the core principles of Muhammad Ali.
"If we really tried to incorporate some of his core values into our daily life, I think we'd be better off as human beings," Rasheda Ali, Ali's daughter, said.
Saturday night the fourth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards took place at Marriott Louisville Downtown. This year, though, was the first time they were held since the boxing champion and social activist passed away.
"I miss him tremendously and I hope to see my brother again in heaven," Rahman Ali, Ali's brother, said.
However, for many the champ isn't gone.
"He is not dead. His light must remain alive as a symbol. At his funeral, people who didn't like one another all took time off for him. That light must get bigger and bigger," Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. said.
Gossett Jr. was just one of many from around the world honored with a Humanitarian Award for their notable contributions to their community.
"Muhammad used to say he had to do good deeds everyday to get to heaven," Lonnie Ali, his wife, said.
Now that Ali has made it there (heaven), his wife hopes others will follow that same path.
Lonnie Ali also shared the details of a community service campaign inspired by her husband during the Humanitarian Awards. She's asking everyone to donate 75 hours of service in honor of Muhammad Ali's 75th birthday in January.
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