Attorney General Eric H. Holder to receive the Chairman’s Award

Past recipients of the prestigious Chairman’s Award which has been given out since it was established in 1992 include former Vice President Al Gore.


Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr. has been tapped to receive NAACP’s highest honor.

Holder, who began his service as the eighty-second Attorney General of the United States in 2009 will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award during the 46th NAACP Image Awards, broadcast live on Friday, February 6 on TV One.

The Chairman’s Award, chosen by Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, Roslyn M. Brock, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.

Past honorees include United States Navy Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, former Vice President Al Gore and Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai, then-Senator Barack Obama and Bono.

“Eric H. Holder, Jr. has a national reputation for his significant work around civil rights and race in America, voting rights, and criminal justice reform.  In honoring Attorney General Holder, the NAACP focuses on his life’s work and accomplishments as our nation’s first African American Attorney General,” shares NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman, Roslyn M. Brock.

A  New York City native, Holder previously served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he presided over hundreds of criminal and civil trials during his five years on the bench. Prior to becoming Attorney General, he was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington and has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional and civic contributions, including the Department of Justice’s Special Achievement Award, the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Beatrice Rosenberg Award, and George Washington University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Service in Human Rights.The NAACP Image Awards

Now in its 46th  year, the NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishment of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice.  Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will return for the second time as host of the annual award show which will broadcast live on Friday, February 6 on the cable network TV One.

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