In March, 2007, Bono was presented with the Chairman’s Award at the prestigious 38th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) is America’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.
The Chairman’s Award, which is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service, was given to Bono in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
In his acceptance speech, Bono made the following comments:
“To those in the church who still sit in judgment on the AIDS emergency, let me climb into the pulpit for just one moment.
Whatever thoughts we have about God, who He is or even if God exists, most will agree that God has a special place for the poor.
The poor are where God lives. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is where the opportunity is lost and lives are shattered.
God is with the mother who has infected her child with a virus that will take both their lives. God is under the rubble in the cries we hear during wartime. God, my friends, is with the poor and God is with us if we are with them.”
– Source: Bono at the 2007 NAACP Image Awards