American Rapper, Shawn Carter, who is popular by his stage name Jay-Z, will receive the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Presidential Award on Saturday.
The NAACP’s president, Mr Derrick Johnson, disclosed this in a press statement he released to Internet Movie Database.
According to Johnson, the award is part of the activities in celebrating NAACP’s 50th anniversary, adding that Jay-Z is selected based on his commitment to social activism.
“The President’s award is an honour we carefully bestow upon an individual, maintaining its significance and commitment to recognising excellence in service that directly affects our community.
“Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilising his global platform to create everlasting change.
“His Shawn Carter Foundation helps socio-economically disadvantaged individuals in pursuit of higher education.
“The Reform Alliance, which he co-founded, seeks to reform the criminal justice system.
“There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honour him with this award.”
The 49-year-old rapper had won 22 Grammy awards and sold over 100 million albums worldwide.