Image Awards voting open to public for the first time

Samuel Jackson
Samuel Jackson

Special to The Dallas Examiner

BALTIMORE – For the first time in its award show history, voting for the 49th NAACP Image Awards will be open to the public. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominees in 36 different categories across film, television and music.

“We are excited about the opportunity to open voting to the public,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO. “The Image Awards represents a universe of powerful stories and images, told in ways that express our beauty and make us proud.”

Since 1967, the NAACP Image Awards has been the preeminent multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and has also honored individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

In previous years, winners were selected only by members of the NAACP. This year, members of the public who are not members may cast votes by visiting the NAACP Image Awards online at The deadline to cast votes for the Image Awards is Dec. 15.

While this year’s voters do not have to be members of the association, the NAACP encourages those who participate in this year’s voting process to become members.

“To become a member of the NAACP is to join a community of individuals from all facets of life who like you are committed to the elimination of discrimination of any type and making our nation a better place for all people,” Johnson said.

Viewers can watch the winners claim their trophies during a two-hour live TV special, hosted by Anthony Anderson, on TV One on Jan. 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. Central. The evening will be the culmination of a day of volunteer service, citizen action and celebration on the national holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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