The honor, the NAACP said, is bestowed on “an individual who is a pioneer in his or her respective field and whose influence will shape the profession for generations to come.”
The 59-year-old actor’s “Coming to America 2” co-star and former talk show host Arsenio Hall will recognise Murphy at the 52nd Image Awards on March 27 on CBS and BET.
It’s not the first notable honour bestowed upon the Emmy-winning comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum: He was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour from the Kennedy Centre in 2015 and snagged a Golden Globes nomination for his 2007 role in “Dreamgirls.”
Previous Hall of Fame inductees include Oprah Winfrey, director Spike Lee and Aretha Franklin.
“To this day, Eddie Murphy’s work continues to bring joy and laughter to individuals around the world, and he is an amazing example of Black excellence, creativity, and artistry,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.