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NAACP says FedEx right on time with Image Awards support


As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and community outreach, FedEx recently served as a major sponsor of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. by Janas Jackson
Special to the Tri-State Defender

As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and community outreach, FedEx recently served as a major sponsor of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. The national program, titled “Affirming America’s Promise,” honored such dignitaries as former U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin.

 
 FedEx Express Senior Vice President Shannon Brown greets the audience on behalf of FedEx at the NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon in Los Angeles. (Courtesy photos)

 
 FedEx Social Responsibility Manager Rose Flenorl with 2011 NAACP Image Awards honoree, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, during an awards reception.

The star-studded event also included Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry; legendary singer/musician Prince; Cicely Tyson; producer/director Tyler Perry; renowned musician Kirk Whalum; Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family”; and many others.

Memphis-based members of the FedEx team played key roles throughout the event. A video clip, narrated by FedEx Express Executive Vice President and CFO Cathy Ross, focused on the FedEx commitment to diversity and was shown to the audience during the live ABC broadcast at the Shrine Auditorium.

FedEx Express Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer Shannon Brown also addressed the audience onstage during a pre-show salute to this year’s Image Awards nominees at the Beverly Hills Hotel. And Manager of Global Social Responsibility Rose Flenorl delivered remarks that included a tribute to the late Dr. Benjamin Hooks during an Image Awards pre-show reception at the Pacific Design Center.

“We could not present a program of this magnitude without the support of companies like FedEx,” said Clayola Brown, National Chair of the NAACP Image Awards Committee. “Your support means so much to us and we deeply appreciate your commitment.”  

The NAACP was established in 1909 by a group of black and white citizens who united around the shared ideals of freedom and equality for all Americans. Today, the organization’s efforts include launching new initiatives aimed at eliminating disparities in economic development, education and access to technology.

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