Spingarn Medal

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The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored 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, 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, Alvin Ailey and Maya Angelou.

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  1. ^ "Spingarn Medal Winners: 1915 TO Today". NAACP. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "NAACP: Last night, Jessye Norman ...". Twitter. NAACP. July 18, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Quincy Jones to receive NAACP's highest honor July 23". Usatoday.com. May 29, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sidney Poitier Awarded 100th NAACP Spingarn Medal", NAACP, September 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "NAACP announces 2016 convention theme "Our Lives Matter, Our Voices Count"". March 8, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 

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