Muhammad Ali in line for top award

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

LOS ANGELES - 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 National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People's February 12 ceremony in Los Angeles. The award recognises 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 yesterday.

Halle Berry and screenwriter-actor Tyler Perry are set to host the 40th yearly awards show, which will air on Fox TV. The ceremony falls on the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, and kicks off the group's yearlong centennial celebration. - Sapa-AP

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