Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Muhammad Ali were the previous recipients of the award.
Singer Jay-Z has been announced to receive the President's Award during the 50th NAACP Image Awards.
The coveted award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished acts of public service. This year, it will be presented by NAACP president Derrick Johnson.
Speaking on Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) receiving the award, "The President’s Award is an honour we carefully bestow upon an individual, maintaining its significance and commitment to recognizing excellence in service that directly affects our community. Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilizing his global platform to create everlasting change. There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honour him with this award."
Jay-Z along with being a successful rapper also uses his platform for social good through his Shawn Carter Foundation and The Reform Alliance. He played an instrumental role in bringing the docuseries ‘Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ to life, as well as the miniseries ‘Time: The Kalief Bowder Story’ and the animated documentary short ‘The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail’.
The previous list of recipients includes Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Muhammad Ali.
The awards show will be hosted by Anthony Anderson at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.