In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Historic Selma to Montgomery March, The World’s Top Automobile Manufacturer Donates $50,000 to Four Alabama Black Colleges
MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 16, 2015 – In 1965, thousands marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on a journey for justice. All across the South, college students participated in the 54-mile walk. As the country recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic event, Toyota this week donated $50,000 to four Alabama historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) who played an essential role in the quest for civil rights and equality.
The four HBCUs receiving the donation included: Alabama State University (ASU), Alabama A&M University, Selma University and Tuskegee University. College presidents, faculty and students were present during the check donation ceremony luncheon held on the ASU campus.
“Toyota has a long-standing commitment to the pursuit of education and partnering with historically black colleges and universities,” said Adrienne Trimble, general manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Toyota North America. “On this historic occasion, we wanted to recognize the four Alabama schools that played an integral part in the march five decades ago. Through this donation, we strive to support each school’s commitment to developing the next generation of leaders and working to make the world a better place.”
Education is one of three philanthropic focuses for Toyota. It has a variety of programs and scholarships to promote the pursuit of higher education among multicultural youth. The company has worked to educate HBCU students and alumni on the benefits of sustainable living through its Toyota Green Initiative (TGI). Last year, TGI donated brand new Prius’ to 22 HBCUs affiliated with the program. Further, the Toyota UNCF Scholarship provides financial support to assist students with college attendance at HBCUs across the country. According to Trimble, HBCUs have been and will continue to be a rich recruiting pipeline for the company’s hiring needs.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
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