The 43rd annual gala that honors achievement in the arts is held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. George Lucas receives the NAACP Vanguard Award. Performers include Lenny Kravitz and Jill Scott. Presenting: Samuel L. Jackson; LLCool J; Vanessa Williams; Cicely Tyson; Diahann Carroll; Hill Harper; and Archie Panjabi. Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie host.