John Legend was the recipient of the president's award at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday night, and the singer and activist did not take the honor lightly. John took the stage to accept his award "with humility and gratitude" as he was recognized for his achievements in philanthropic causes like criminal justice, education, and civil rights. He thanked his pregnant wife, Chrissy Teigen, for her love and support, and then inspired the audience with words of profound wisdom. "Despite the daunting problems we face, I am hopeful," he said. "Some will call you a radical for calling for justice for all. Some will call you 'the real racist' for daring to call out racial inequality. Fighting for justice isn't an act of hate — it's an act of love." Watch John's empowering acceptance speech now.