NAACP Image Awards to honor Muhammad Ali

LOS ANGELES (AP) - This month's NAACP Image Awards ceremony could be a real knockout.

The civil-rights group says boxing great Muhammad Ali will receive the 2009 President's Award at the Feb. 12 ceremony in Los Angeles. The award recognizes special achievement and distinguished public service.

The group says Ali's accomplishments in the boxing ring are matched by his record of social activism and humanitarian efforts. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Halle Berry and screenwriter-actor Tyler Perry are set to host the 40th annual awards show, which will air on Fox TV. The ceremony falls on the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and kicks off the group's yearlong centennial celebration.

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