The NAACP Image Awards is known for honoring some of the finest talents in film, television and music, but it also salutes one influential individual annually for their incredible achievements and dedication to public service with the Chairman’s Award. This year, the civil rights organization is saluting Attorney General Eric Holder.

As the first African-American to hold the position, the 63-year-old has served in the White House for nearly 30 years, working under six Presidents. He’s been recognized for his professional and civic contributions with awards including the Department of Justice’s Special Achievement Award and George Washington University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Service in Human Rights.

“Eric H. Holder, Jr. has a national reputation for his significant work around civil rights and race in America, voting rights, and criminal justice reform,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “I am personally inspired by his many civic commitments…It is my honor and privilege to recognize Mr. Holder.”

Last September, the politician announced his resignation after six years in office. He will officially step down after his successor is confirmed.

The 46th NAACP Image Awards will air Friday, Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One.