Concerned Student 1950 will be honored at NAACP Image Awards

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COLUMBIA - Concerned Student 1950 will be honored at the 47th NAACP Image Awards for its work to improve race relations on the University of Missouri campus.

The ceremony will air on Feb. 5 during a two-hour special airing on TV One.

Concerned Student 1950 will be one of eight honorees at the event. The NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn M. Brock will present the NAACP Chairman's 2016 Award. Brock stated it is a "rare privilege" to present the award to a group of leaders all under the age of 50.

Ayanna Poole, Concerned Student 1950 organizer, said she was excited when she heard the news.

"I have been involved with the NAACP since I was two years old," Poole said. "The Image Awards show is always incredible to watch, and I always admire everyone who gets honored. For it to be us, Concerned Student and the black community at Mizzou, is amazing. It feels really good."

The group is only sending one representative to the award ceremony.

Brock said the award symbolizes the message: "Courage Will Not Skip This Generation."

The other seven honorees are Justice League NYC, The University of Missouri NAACP College Chapter, Brittany "Bree" Newsome, Jussie Smollett, Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III and Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley.

"The five individuals and three organizations have raised awareness of social, educational, and economic injustice from college campuses, church pulpits and streets," Brock said.