The city where the legendary boxer and humanitarian grew up is proud to honor him, Mayor Greg Fischer said.
The Supreme Court already overturned Ali's conviction in 1971.
"It's been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we're protesting America. So let's be very clear," she says.
“Like Muhammad, Colin is a man who stands on his convictions with confidence and courage," Ali's widow says in presenting the Sports Illustrated honor.
The instant he took his fateful knee in August 2016, he more than fit the bill.
He was detained for nearly two hours, he said, while agents were "checking something."
Muhammad Ali Jr. is an American citizen with no criminal record.