The 40th NAACP Image Awards will broadcast live from Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 12 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT) on Fox.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Former Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai will be awarded the NAACP Chairman’s Award during the special. The Chairman’s Award, chosen by NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.
“I am very proud to recognize Former Vice President Gore and Dr. Maathai for their substantial efforts in environmental awareness, sustainable development and peace,” said Bond. “Their courageous and historic accomplishments have benefited not only current but future generations, and they clearly reflect the values that we have so valiantly fought for over the past century.”
Nominations for the annual award show that recognizes the artistic achievements of people of color and honors projects and individuals that promote diversity in the arts will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 7 in Los Angeles. Hosts, performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
The star-studded broadcast will coincide with the NAACP’s 100th anniversary.