Speaking on the House floor Wednesday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., unveiled the Muhammad Ali Legacy Act, which establishes a federal grant program to preserve the legendary boxer’s humanitarian efforts to promote global respect, understanding and communication.
The bill authorizes $5 million a year for three years, which would be administered by the State Department and fund U.S. non-profit organizations that work to promote these values. The Louisville-native and former heavyweight boxing champion recently celebrated his 70th birthday.
“Muhammad Ali is a champion in every sense of the word,” Yarmuth said in a news release. “He is a champion for civil rights, equal rights, and human rights. Through his humanitarian work and that of the Ali Center, Muhammad promotes peace and justice. He reminds us that compassion and outreach are part of our obligation as global citizens, and I want to make sure that message endures.”
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The grant specifically funds the following:
· Preparing potential leaders to make a profound contribution to global society with programming, such as peace building, conflict resolution, violence prevention, character education, and education about world cultures, religions, and languages;
· Providing a positive, productive path for young people to combat the pull of radicalism, terrorist networks, and organized crime;
· Using technology and the Internet to empower people around the world – including adults, young people, educators, and civic, community, religious, and corporate leaders – to discuss common interests and concerns, share information, and engage in cross-cultural learning; and
· Creating a global gathering place – both online and in person – for negotiation and mediation.