The NAACP and BET announced that U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) will be honored with the prestigious Chairman’s Award during the “54th NAACP Image Awards.” The Chairman’s Award is bestowed in recognition of individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump will receive the Social Justice Impact Award for his prolific work on some of the most high-profile cases in the U.S., most recently representing the family of Tyre Nichols, as well as the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, the residents of Flint, Michigan, who were severely affected by the pollution of the Flint River, and the family of Henrietta Lacks in a landmark reparations case.

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The public can now vote to determine the winners of the “54th NAACP Image Awards” by Voting closes on February 10, 2023. Winners will be revealed during the “54th NAACP Image Awards” telecast on February 25, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET on BET and 8:00 PM PT on delay. NAACP will also recognize winners in non-televised Image Awards categories virtually February 20-23 and at an Awards Dinner and Program February 24.  For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.


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