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Laila Ali and Muhammad Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center to co-host the U.S. Premiere of ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’ earlier this month.

Appearing very frail, boxing legend Muhammad Ali made a rare public appearance Thursday at an event in his hometown to pay homage to others for their humanitarian work.

Former President Jimmy Carter, music artists and young leaders of groups helping the underprivileged were among those honored at the inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville.

Even though he was barely able to whisper a word, Ali posed for pictures and participated in presenting the awards.

“This is really about his legacy and extending that legacy to others and inspiring them and encouraging them to do the kinds of work that now he cannot always do himself,” Ali’s wife, Lonnie Ali, said at the gala.

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