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Bloomington-Normal NAACP's Youth Council leader honored with NAACP Image Award

Bradley Ross Jackson
Richard Shotwell/Invision
Bradley Ross Jackson arrives with the award for youth activist of the year at the 54th NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif.

A Bloomington-Normal high school student received an NAACP Image Award at this year's ceremony on Saturday.

Bradley Ross Jackson, the president of the Bloomington-Normal NAACP's Youth Council, received the award for his racial and social justice work, community service, and academic excellence.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award. Advocating for racial and social justice is simply part of my DNA, as I enjoy making a positive difference in the lives of others. I will treasure this prestigious award, while representing Bloomington-Normal as I grace the stage and red carpet," Jackson said.

Jackson is a National Honors Society student at Normal Community High School, where he’s also the vice president of the Black Student Union, and a member of the speech team and symphonic band. He is the founder of his B.E. KIND-Bradley Encourages Kindness Campaign.

Jackson will be the youngest recipient of the NAACP Image Award for Youth Advocacy as well as the first winner from Illinois.

The awards ceremony, hosted by Queen Latifah, was broadcast Saturday.

Erik Dedo is a reporting and audio production intern at WGLT. He joined the station in 2022.