William Lucy to receive NAACP Chairman’s Award

Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, will present Lucy with the award at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday, January 15, 2018 live at 9pm/8c on TV One.

William Lucy

The NAACP announced today that labor union organizer and leader William Lucy will be honored with the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award.

A prominent labor leader, Lucy has been secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He also co-founded the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) to ensure African Americans a voice in labor.

The NAACP Chairman’s Award is given to individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change.

Mr. Lucy will receive this honor in recognition of his role in the labor movement and his accomplishments as a labor organizer and justice advocate. His work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike and the instrumental role he played in the anti-apartheid movement  — which helped free Nelson Mandela and led to the first democratic elections in South Africa – exemplify Mr. Lucy’s impact on the civil and human rights movement in the U.S. and around the world.

“I am personally inspired by William Lucy’s activism on a number of civil and human rights issues, and particularly, that he has not forgotten what it is like to be a person of color in America,” stated Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “In honoring him, we will remind the American public not only of his role in the labor movement and his endeavors on economic issues, but also of his distinguished community service and charitable efforts.”

Past honorees of the Chairman’s Award include Tyler Perry,  Danny Glover, Former Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai, then-Senator Barak Obama and Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin.

 The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event hosted by Anthony Anderson, which will be broadcast LIVE on TV ONE on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9pm/8c, the federal holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c.

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