Kerry Washington Receives President's Award at 44th NAACP Image Awards
As stated in the introductory remarks, "philanthropist, activist, and style maven" Kerry Washington is the first African-American woman to serve in a leading role on a network t.v. drama in more than 35 years; however, it's her tireless advocacy work that garnered our respect and admiration.
An Americans for the Arts Artists Committee member, Washington has been a vocal supporter of the arts and arts education. She has testified before Congress, was presented with our 2009 Leadership in the Arts Award for Artist-Citizen, served as co-chair of Arts Advocacy Day in 2011, and even helped us sell cupcakes in partnership with Sprinkles. But, that's not all. She has also worked closely with V-Day to prevent violence against women and girls in addition to several other causes.
As she stated while accepting the award, "I consider it an honor to be an advocate for the arts and to serve on President Obama's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities because just as we must ensure that 'we the people' includes all Americans regardless of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, we must also work to insure that the stories we tell, the movies we make, the television we produce, the theater we stage, the novels we publish...are inclusive in all those same ways."
Washington concluded her speech by saying, "I receive this award with great humility and that I hope that I may, one day, live up to that legacy of service. Not for me, but for us, and the next generation of storytellers."
It is with great respect for her humility, intelligence, and courage that that we congratulate Kerry Washington on receiving the President's Award at the 44th NAACP Image Awards!