LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
“From my heart, it really means a lot to be recognized for what’s most important to me, and that truly is to connect with people on a universal level and use my voice to try and help inspire others to then use theirs,” she said after receiving her award.
Carter, the nation’s 39th president and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, received a lifetime achievement award bearing Ali’s name.
Carter was unable to attend, and his son Chip accepted the award on his father’s behalf. The former president, who turned 89 on Tuesday, has crisscrossed the world since leaving the White House more than three decades ago to promote efforts to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights and prevent disease in many of the world’s poorest countries.