NAACP Image Awards
Established in 1967, at the height of the civil rights movement, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.
The NAACP has long been involved in the continuing struggle for greater participation by African Americans in the entertainment industry. This effort began in 1915 when the organization launched a nationwide protest against the showing of the movie "Birth of A Nation" by D. W. Griffith. The film set in the period immediately after the Civil War, depicted black people as savages and the reconstruction era as a period of corruption. It remains one of the most controversial films ever made. In response to the NAACP's crusade against "Birth of A Nation," independent black filmmakers, like the legendary Oscar Micheaux, defied stereotypes by creating movies that portrayed blacks in a positive light.
Although society has changed greatly since that time - as a record number of African Americans are winning numerous coveted, mainstream awards - the lack of racial diversity in the entertainment industry still exists. There is a need for more minority talent in front of and behind the scenes.
Presented annually, 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, music and literature. There are also several honorary awards including the Chairman's Award, The President's Award and The Image Awards Hall of Fame.
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