It is the first time in the award's 30-year history that it has been presented to a film. The award is given annually to "those committed to the advancement of civil and human rights," LCCR Executive Director Wade Henderson told Daily Variety.
Henderson called "Crash" a "powerful, gut-wrenching, full-frontal examination of race and class in America."
The ensemble cast includes Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe and Larenz Tate.
The film will receive the honor May 4 for the organization's annual dinner in Washington.