Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry was selected along with the Perry Foundation to be the recipient of the Television Academy's 2020 Governors Award.
Perry is recognized for his achievements in the television industry and his commitment to providing opportunity for underrepresented communities through Perry Foundation programs that focus on employment, engagement, inclusion and philanthropic initiatives.
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"I am grateful and humble for this television academy recognition," said Perry. "I've always been proud of the work we do in the studio, of our diverse representation of people from all walks of life and of the community we have built. I hope that in moments like this we remind others of the power of property and show that you can build your own when the world doesn't have a place at the table. "
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Perry's history of philanthropic works has supported charities such as the Global Medical Relief Fund, Charity Water, Feeding America, the Covenant House, Hosea Feed the Hungry, Project Adventure, and Perry Place. The Perry Foundation also helped rebuild communities affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquakes, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017, and Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
Perry will receive the Emmy Award on September 20 during the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC.