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Celebrating Greatness and honoring those who carry on Muhammad Ali’s work towards a more just and compassionate world.

This year’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards celebrated changemakers who are carrying on Muhammad Ali’s humanitarian legacy. Awardees came from all over the globe to receive the honor and to showcase their just and compassionate work in building a better world for all.

Lava Records Co-Founder and CEO Jason Flom, who is responsible for launching the careers of Katy Perry, Lorde, and Greta Van Fleet, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work combating imprisonment injustices through the Innocence Project and his podcast, Wrongful Conviction. In his acceptance speech, Jason said the award was “easily the greatest honor of [his] career” and implored the audience to “open your eyes and ears, and the heart will follow.”

Lonnie Ali presented Daniel Lubetzky, founder of KIND Snacks, with the Center’s first ever Civility and Compassion Award for his decades of work to overcome hate seeded by extreme cultural and political division, most recently as a founder of Starts with Us. Lonnie urged guests to “see every day as the opportunity to be kinder.”

With a rousing speech in front of a captivated crowd, Andrew Brennen became the first Kentuckian to receive a Core Principle award. Andrew co-founded Kentucky Student Voice, which engages young people as research, storytelling, and policy partners to uncover the impacts of today’s most pressing issues, including race and belonging, school safety, and the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to create more just, democratic Kentucky schools. He ended his speech by thanking the Ali Center for “placing a spotlight on the role young people play in changing the world.”

Learn more about all our featured awardees here.

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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