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The award will be presented to Jay-Z by NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson on Saturday during the award ceremony in Los Angeles.
“The President’s Award is an honour we carefully bestow upon an individual, maintaining its significance and commitment to recognizing excellence in service that directly affects our community,” Johnson said in a statement. “Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilizing his global platform to create everlasting change. There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honour him with this award.”
Aside from his musical contributions, his pivotal role in helping create the docuseries, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story as well as the miniseries Time: The Kalief Bowder Story. Additionally, Hov’s Shawn Carter Foundation and The Reform Alliance have been platforms he’s used for social good.
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