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Did the NAACP Give Jeff Sessions an ‘Award of Excellence’?

On 7 February 2017, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina shared a photograph via Twitter purportedly showing that his colleague, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabmaa — the nominee for the position of Attorney General in the new Trump administration — had been bestowed with a “Governmental Award of Excellence” by the NAACP in 2009:

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Many viewers were skeptical of the photograph’s provenance, given that the NAACP strongly opposed the nomination of Senator Sessions as attorney general. That organization released a statement calling Sessions’ nomination “deeply troubling”:

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Senator…

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