Congressman John Lewis to Receive NAACP Chairman’s Award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards

Congressman John Lewis to Receive NAACP Chairman’s Award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced that U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (D-GA), is going to receive the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award at this year’s 51st NAACP Image Awards.

Past honorees of the Chairman’s Award have included Tyler Perry, Senator Barack Obama, Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Ruby Dee, The Neville Brothers, Bono, Danny Glover, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The Chairman’s Award is given to individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change.

Congressman John Lewis is a modern hero in American history, and we’re proud to give him this award,” said Chairman Leon Russell in a press release. “In an age where our voting rights are under attack like never before, we’re honored to elevate a civil rights hero who has dedicated his life to protecting our constitutional rights, fighting injustice and speaking truth to power.”


Congressman John Lewis is receiving the honor based on his lifelong dedication to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America.

The show and honor will air live on BET on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from Pasadena, California. NAACP Five-Time Image Award recipient Anthony Anderson of ABC’s Black-ish is returning as host of the 51st NAACP Image Awards. This upcoming special will be Anderson‘s 7th consecutive year in the role. Anderson is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor and is currently the star and Executive Producer of ABC’s five-time NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, Black-ish.

As previously announced, global music superstar and fashion icon, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rihanna, will receive the prestigious President’s Award at the ceremony.

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. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas at