41ST NAACP IMAGE AWARDS airs live on Friday, Feb. 26th, at 8PM ET
Tyler Perry will receive one of the highest honors at this year’s NAACP Image Awards. The Chairman’s Award is chosen by Julian Bond for special achievement and distinguished public service. Others who have shared this honor include President Barack Obama, Vice President Al Gore, Bono, and Janet Jackson. Congrats to Tyler Perry who is also nominated for Outstanding Writing for I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Outstanding Comedy Series for House of Payne.
Tyler Perry is a tremendous inspiration to people on many levels,” said Bond. “His remarkable life experiences, which inform his extraordinary body of work in film, television and stage, have also shaped his focus on significant charitable causes and civil-rights initiatives.”
Tyler Perry hasn’t forgotten about the poverty in which he was raised. He has been involved in civil rights cases and charities that focus on helping the homeless, such as Feeding America, Covenant House, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Perry Place. In 2009, he made a gift of $1 million to the NAACP and recently donated another $1 million via The Tyler Perry Foundation to aid the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti.