The actor and comedian received the award from his long-time friend Arsenio Hall

Eddie Murphy giving his acceptance speech via the BET live link upon receiving the award.

The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) held its annual award ceremony, its 52nd, over the weekend. During this year’s ceremony, actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, 59, was inducted into the organisation’s hall of fame.

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The Hall of Fame induction is conferred upon an individual considered a pioneer in their field and whose influence has shaped the field for generations thereafter. Previous inductees of this award have gone to Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles.

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During his acceptance speech, Murphy said, “I’ve been making movies for 40 years now… 40 years. This is the perfect thing to commemorate that and be brought into the hall of fame. Thank you very much. I’m very moved.”

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Listen to Murphy’s full speech here.

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This win comes less than a month after the second instalment of his movie Coming 2 America which premiered worldwide on March 4th.

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See the full list of NAACP image award winners here.

 

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