Kerry Washington to Receive Top Honor at NAACP Image Awards

TV's first black leading lady in over 40 years will be recognized by the NAACP

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kerry washington smilingActress Kerry Washington will receive the NAACP President’s Award at the 44th NAACP Image Awards. The honoree was chosen by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, and the award is given yearly in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service.

“For the first time in 40 years, we have a black woman playing the leading role in a prime-time drama on network television. Kerry Washington is a modern trailblazer. Her talent and will have taken her to heights we have not seen in years. She extends the tradition of women like Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, and Lena Horne,” remarked Jealous.

The 44th NAACP Image Awards will air on Friday, February 1st at 8pm est on NBC.

Read more at The NAACP website