Spingarn Medal

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The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) for outstanding achievement by an African American.

The award, which consists of a gold medal, was created in 1914 by Joel Elias Spingarn, Chairman of the Board of the NAACP. It was first awarded to biologist Ernest E. Just in 1915, and has been given most years thereafter.

Well-known recipients of the award include: W. E. B. Du Bois, Colonel Charles Young, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Sammy Davis, Jr., Alex Haley, Andrew Young, Rosa Parks, Coleman Young, Lena Horne, Bill Cosby, Jr., Jesse Jackson, Colin Powell, Earl Graves, Alvin Ailey and Maya Angelou.

Complete list of winners[edit]


  1. ^ "Spingarn Medal Winners: 1915 TO Today". NAACP. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "NAACP: Last night, Jessye Norman ...". Twitter. NAACP. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Quincy Jones to receive NAACP's highest honor July 23". Usatoday.com. 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 
  4. ^ http://www.naacp.org/press/entry/sidney-poitier-awarded-100th-naacp-spingarn-medal

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