NAACP Mourns the Loss of John Singleton

April 29, 2019


John Singleton was an amazing director and a great storyteller who was never afraid to show African Americans in complex, multi-dimensional roles. From Boyz n the Hood to Poetic Justice to the Fast and Furious franchise, Singleton helped usher in a new “Black Renaissance” of filmmaking that brought the joys and pains of the Black community into the public sphere. His legacy will inspire a new generation of artists and filmmakers daring to see change.”

The NAACP presented Singleton with an Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for American Crime Story (2016) Episode: “The Race Card” in 2017 and the award for Outstanding Directing in a Feature Film/Television Movie for Four Brothers (2005) in 2006.


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 here.