Tyler Perry to be Honored with NAACP Chairman Award
On Friday February 26th 8-10pm ET Fox will air the 41st NAACP Image Awards live. The Chairman Award, which is chosen by the Board Chairman Julian Bond, will go this year to Mr. Tyler Perry. The Chairman Award is given in recognition of achievement and public service. Mr. Perry is certainly worthy of this honor.
Tyler Perry came up hard, as they say. His father was extremely physically abusive, he was molested, and suffered some pretty unimaginable horrors as a child. On the road to success he has been both homeless and hungry. He has achieved notable success as both an actor and producer in film, stage and television. Some of the of the awards Perry's received to date are 2 BET Comedy Awards, 4 Black Movie Awards, 5 Black Reel Awards, 4 Image Awards and 2 MTV Awards.
Amidst all of his success, Tyler Perry never forgot where he came from and the importance of giving back. He has been involved in civil rights cases including the Jena 6 in his hometown of Louisiana. He most recently donated one million dollars to the Haiti quake victims.On the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP he gifted them with $1 million, which was the largest gift from any one person. Perry has funded food banks that fed him when he was hungry, $75,000 a piece to Hosea Atlanta Charity and Atlanta community food bank.Tyler also built a community of 20 homes for Hurricane Katrina survivors.
Ultimately, the act most revealing of his character was in July of 2009. After hearing of 65 black children from a Philly summer camp who were kicked out a mostly-white suburban swim club amidst racial allegations, Perry paid to send them all to Walt Disney World. He wanted to impress upon them that for every act of unkindness someone does to you, there will be someone ready to follow up with an act of kindness.
Well, for every wrong done to Mr. Perry, for every right he has done, for his achievements in the face of hardships, this is an award well deserved. Congratulations NAACP for a choice well made, and congratulations Mr. Perry for the example you set for all human beings.