The NAACP Image Awards announced the first round of 2021 winners Monday night, with the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble among the projects picking up awards.
The film about late civil rights activist and Georgia Congressman John Lewis was named outstanding documentary (film).
The Last Dance about Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls won the award for outstandingdocumentary (television – series or special).
Among other early winners at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards, former President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land” won the honor for outstanding literary work – nonfiction; and late Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings’ book “We’re Better Than This” was named outstanding literary work – debut author. Other winners are listed below.
The non-televised award categories are being announced virtually from March 22-26 at naacpimageawards.net, leading up to the televised show on Saturday, March 27 at 8/7c on BET, with a simulcast airing across ViacomCBS Networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO.
Night One Winners
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“The Awkward Black Man” – Walter Mosley
Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction
“A Promised Land” – Barack Obama
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“We’re Better Than This” – Elijah Cummings
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
“The Dead Are Arising” – Les Payne, Tamara Payne
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“Vegetable Kingdom” – Bryant Terry
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“The Age of Phillis” – Honorée Jeffers
Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm” – Katheryn Russell-Brown, Eric Velasquez
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Before the Ever After” – Jacqueline Woodson
Outstanding Directing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)
Keith McQuirter – “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem”
Outstanding Writing in a Documentary (Television or Motion Picture)
Melissa Haizlip – “Mr. SOUL!”
Outstanding Documentary (Film)
“John Lewis: Good Trouble”
Outstanding Documentary (Television – Series or Special)
“The Last Dance”
Special Award – Youth Activist of the Year
Special Award – Activist of the Year
Reverend Dr. Wendell Anthony