The 47th NAACP Image Awards To Give John Legend The ‘President’s Award’
January 26, 2016 at 3:52 PM (PT)
The NAACP will present JOHN LEGEND the 'PRESIDENT’S AWARD' at the 47TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS live on TV ONE from 9-11p (ET) on FEBRUARY 5th.
This will add to the LEGEND trophy case which includes; nine GRAMMY’s, an ACADEMY AWARD, and a GOLDEN GLOBE.
NAACP Pres./CEO CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS chose LEGEND in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include VAN JONES, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON, SOLEDAD O’BRIEN, RUBY DEE, MUHAMMAD ALI, The Founding Members OF THE BLACK STUNTMEN’S ASSOCIATION, KERRY WASHINGTON, and SPIKE LEE.
BROOKS said, “JOHN LEGEND is a passionate champion for both social justice and quality education for all. His contributions to music and artistic creativity have been recognized by peers and fans worldwide, and he is greatly admired for his humanitarian efforts through his SHOW ME CAMPAIGN. LEGEND remains a true inspiration through his philanthropic work and I am truly proud to honor his altruistic efforts both domestically and internationally by bestowing upon him this years NAACP PRESIDENT’S AWARD.”
JOHN LEGEND launched the SHOW ME CAMPAIGN in 2007. The organization is committed to investing in solutions to improve peoples lives and to give them the opportunities to survive, thrive and succeed. The organization works to give every child access to a quality education.
Additionally, in 2014 LEGEND started LRNG in partnership with THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION and THE NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT. LRNG Innovators invests in educators who are building TOMORROW’s education system TODAY. His most recent endeavor is #FREEAMERICA, a multi-year culture change campaign focused on ending mass incarceration.
For more information on this year’s show, visit the official NAACP IMAGE AWARDS website here.