William Clay Ford to Receive Ambassador for Humanity Award
It was announced today that Steven Spielberg, director of Schindler’s List and founder of the USC Shoah Foundation— The Institute for Visual History and Education, will present Ford Motor Company executive chairman William Clay Ford, Jr. with the Ambassador for Humanity Award. Ford will accept the award from the Oscar-winning director at the Institute’s September 10th gala.
The gala is the Institute’s annual gathering for sharing its progress in the effort to share more than 53,000 interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. Ford has been a partner with the USC Shoah Foundation in the expansion of the IWitness educational program, which is currently used by more than 100 educators in Michigan.
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Ford and Spielberg have a relationship spanning back to 1997, when the automaker was the lone sponsor of NBC’s broadcast of Schindler’s List. This broadcast inspired the establishment of The Institute for Visual History and Education.
“Working with Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to further explore ways to share the work of the Institute with the people of Michigan is a wonderful opportunity, said Spielberg. “Reaching people when they’re young is the key to changing the world with testimony. IWitness and its ability to deliver tolerance education to the Detroit region gives me great hope that together we can affect significant change.
“The commitment of Bill Ford and Ford Motor Company to support new approaches to learning, to provide scholarships, and to help deserving students attain higher education, makes him a great ambassador, and I am proud to recognize him for his efforts,” Spielberg added.
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