Selected by the Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP, this award is presented to individuals in special recognition of their efforts to utilize their profession to promote diversity and community involvement.
Selected by the National President/CEO of the NAACP, the President’s Award is presented to an individual or group to recognize their special achievement in public service and furthering the cause of civil rights.
The Spingarn Medal
The Spingarn Medal was instituted in 1914 by the late J.E. Spingarn (then Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors), who gave annually until his death in 1939, a gold medal to be awarded for the highest or noblest achievement by an American Negro during the preceding year or years. A fund sufficient to continue the award was set up by his will to perpetuate this award.