Stevie Wonder will be honored with the Legal Defense Fund’s inaugural Icon Award at the racial justice organization’s 2022 National Equal Justice Awards Dinner, to be held May 10 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Billboard reports that, according to a statement from the Legal Defense Fund, Wonder will be recognized for “his consistent work throughout his illustrious career, spanning more than half a century, which embodies the values of LDF and demonstrates his commitment to address the barriers faced by Black Americans and other marginalized communities.
The event, themed ‘Truth is Power’, will feature video messages from the former first lady michelle obama and former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernickas well as performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem.
Also at the event, author and professor Nikole Hannah Joneswho won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The 1619 Project, will receive the Spirit of Justice Award; and Sherrylyn Ifillthe outgoing president of the Legal Defense Fund, will receive the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘Our winners have shamelessly used truth as power,’ says current LDF president Janai S. Nelson in a report. “They refused to back down when others tried to silence them. And they held to their beliefs fiercely and were adamant in the face of false narratives. More importantly, they used the truth to shape perspectives, inform minds and touch souls.
For more information about the Legal Defense Fund and its National Equal Justice Awards Dinner, visit NAACPLDF.org.
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