The NAACP is committed to achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic process; to seek the enactment and enforcement of federal, state and local laws securing civil rights; to so inform the public, to educate persons about their constitutional rights and take all lawful action in the furtherance of these objectives. It has followed this course for 100 years, despite times of overt and violent racial hostility.
The NAACP Image Awards is an exciting, star-studded salute to the best in entertainment. Honorees, presenters and performers have included many of the major celebrities in America as well as international political figures and dignitaries. There are 53 competitive categories in the fields of motion picture, television, recording and literature. There are also several honorary awards including the Chairman’s Award, The President’s Award and The Image Awards Hall of Fame.
To understand the importance of the NAACP Image Awards, it has to be placed in a social and historical context. Ideas and images create the belief systems that control our individual and societal actions. When it comes to forming ideas, reinforcing stereotypes, establishing norms and shaping our thinking nothing affects us more than the images and concepts delivered into our lives on a daily basis by television, motion picture, recordings and literature.