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Toyota Receives Distinguished Corporation Avoice Heritage Award from CBCF

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Following the news that Toyota’s executive lineup is diversifying, the Japanese automaker has received a Distinguished Corporation Avoice Heritage Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) for its dedication to preserving African-American history and for its philanthropy in the community.

The Avoice Heritage Celebration was held in Washington, DC, last week, and the CBCF put the spotlight on individuals and organizations that are committed to promoting diversity, discussion of African-American history, and preserving important history artifacts. Last year, Toyota donated $10,000 to help preserve national historic places—in particular those related to African-American history—that were in danger of running out of funding, including Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn District, Joe Frazier’s Gum, and the Malcolm X-Ella Collins House.

Toyota National Trust

Jim Colon (left to right) and Alva Adams-Mason present Marita Rivero, chairman-elect, National Trust for Historic Preservation, with Toyota’s donation to help preserve national historic places.
Photo: Don West / fOTOGRAfIKS

Jim Colon, vice president, African American Business Strategy, TMS, commented, “Toyota is honored to receive this award. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the CBCF and encouraging the preservation of our the [sic] nation’s history.”

“Toyota’s legacy of leadership is demonstrated through its philanthropic endeavors, environmental initiatives and focus on education,” added A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the CBCF. “We appreciate Toyota’s commitment to civic engagement and look forward to continuing our partnership.”