The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People created the NAACP Image Awards to give Black talent in Hollywood a place to feel appreciated and rightfully honored for their contribution to the industry when other award shows won’t.
Then there are honors reserved for those not only shifting the culture in the entertainment world but in the community we live in. The "President's Award" is given to stars for their outstanding achievements and public service.
As we set our sights on what’s expected to be an incredible celebration of Black excellence hosted by Anthony Anderson, join us as we take a look back at some of the past recipients of the “President’s Award.”
Muhammad Ali 2009
Regarded as one of the most significant and influential sports figures of the 20th Century, activist and professional boxer Mohammad Ali was recognized with the President’s Award for his efforts in Social and Humanitarian activism at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards as the talented Jennifer Hudson sang “To Dream the Impossible Dream” in tribute to his recognition.
Kerry Washington 2013
Best known for her crisis management role as Olivia Pope in the prime time ABC series Scandal, Kerry Washington was awarded the "President’s Award" by Diahann Carroll at the 44th NAACP Image Award.
LeBron James 2021
NBA star LeBron James received the "President’s Award" at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards for his involvement in education, health, and political activism.
Rihanna was recognized for her global activism with the President’s Award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards. She was received by standing ovations and left a message calling for "…friends of other races to pull up for Black issues.”
Danny Glover 2018
Humanitarian and actor Danny Glover was recognized with the "President’s Award" at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He received the award and talked about race and labor rights, highlighting that “Labor rights are human rights.”
Watch the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 8/9c.