Chairman’s Award

Forest Whitaker

WhitakerAcademy Award Winner, Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. In addition to numerous accolades and honors for his work as actor, director and producer, Mr. Whitaker is recognized globally as a peace activist and was inducted as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation in 2011.

A committed citizen of the world, Forest Whitaker has dedicated countless hours over the past decade to extensive humanitarian work.  He is the Founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, as well as the Chairman of the International Institute for Peace. Both organizations work jointly to help societies affected by destructive conflicts and gang violence to transform into safer and more productive communities.

Mr. Whitaker is convinced that peace and prosperity cannot be attained by communities and nations without heeding the voices of diverse and vibrant youth. To that end, young people have always been at the core of his humanitarian efforts. He is committed to providing educational tools and better living conditions to vulnerable youth experiencing the aftermath of violence, war and trauma, and created The Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan, Uganda and Mexico as is an example of his commitment. 

Moreover, as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, NAACP Image Awards Winner Forest Whitaker works closely with the students of Findley Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa to demonstrate the limitless power of the arts to express their voice and to channel creative energy. Through his production company, Significant Productions and JuntoBox Films, Forest Whitaker is consistently aiming to support student creativity and recently produced The Image Awards nominated film, Fruitvale Station.



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.

Brock-headshot-(small)About the Chairman

Roslyn M. Brock is Chairman of the National Board of Directors for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  She made history in February 2010 when she was unanimously elected as its 14th Chairman.  She is the youngest person and fourth woman to hold this position.

Brock is currently employed as Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations for Bon Secours Health System, Inc., in Marriottsville, Maryland.  Prior to working at Bon Secours, Brock worked 10 years in health programs at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Read more 

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