Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. They celebrated diverse achievements with their annual luncheon this past weekend.
Luncheon hosts Roy Wood, Jr. and Gina Yashere kicked off the event with remarks applauding 111 years of the NAACP fighting for equality. “Not only does the Image Awards celebrate the artistic endeavors, but also has special honors such as the Chairman’s and President’s awards for those championing social justice and making significant impacts in the community,” said Roy Wood, Jr. Gina Yashere joined Roy Wood, Jr. in expressing the importance of continued support of ceremonies that recognize diverse talent and art forms. NAACP President Derrick Johnson also took to the stage to congratulate the nominees and encourage them to continue crafting impactful and inclusive stories celebrating people of color, as the importance of diverse representation becomes increasingly recognized across entertainment, politics, social justice and the corporate landscape. “Positive representation, across entertainment and the arts, has the power to shape perceptions and change communities. How people see us on the screen, can affect how people treat us in the street,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said. “By projecting a positive, diverse picture of who we are as a people, both in front of and behind the camera, we can truly make progress and uplift communities. Our nominees this year have done just that, giving us a voice through their art, and telling stories of freedom, hope, and justice.”
Winners of the 51st NAACP Image Awards will be revealed during the two-hour LIVE TV special which airs on BET on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CT from the Dolby Theatre in Pasedena.