Anthony Anderson speaks at the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif Image Credit: AP

The NAACP Image Awards will be televised live for the first time from the Dolby Theatre.

NAACP and TV One officials announced on Thursday that the 50th awards ceremony will be televised on the cable network at the venue in Hollywood, California, on March 30. The event will spotlight the contributions of the NAACP and the organisation’s impact on the community.

NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson called the award’s 50th anniversary a “major milestone in bringing visibility” to the achievements of the African-Americans in entertainment, literature and the arts.

Along with the live telecast, TV One will air the announcement of nominees. The date for nominations has not been announced.

Last year, Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year. Hit series ‘black-ish’ and ‘Power’ won multiple awards.