NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Murfreesboro (Tennessee) Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recognized Nissan North America, Inc. as “Organization of the Year” during its annual Freedom Fund awards banquet held on August 26 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. This marks the first time the Murfreesboro Branch has recognized corporate entities.
The award recognizes organizations that impact both the individuals and the community where they operate locally and nationally. It also recognizes those organizations involved with the NAACP’s youth education programs.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization for what Nissan does in the community and nationally,” said Jeffrey Webster, Nissan’s director of Diversity and Inclusion. “The NAACP’s mission to promote social and economic opportunities for ALL Americans is clearly aligned with Nissan’s goals of creating a truly diverse and inclusive workforce and fostering a greater appreciation and understanding of America’s diverse cultural heritage.”
The NAACP’s Murfreesboro Branch is one of more than 2,200 local chapters and branches nationwide. The city of Murfreesboro is located in the Nashville metropolitan area, which is home to Nissan’s North American headquarters. Nissan has proudly supported the Murfreesboro Branch for more than five years sponsoring its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and the annual Freedom Fund Banquet.
We are pleased to recognize Nissan for its commitment to the NAACP’s mission of ensuring the equality of rights of all people and eliminating race-based discrimination,” says Katie Wilson, president of the Murfreesboro NAACP Branch. “They are a valued corporate neighbor and ardent supporter of the important work we do.”
Nationally, Nissan has been a long-time supporter of the NAACP sponsoring its National Convention and the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) for five consecutive years. The latter is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate and encourage high academic cultural achievement among African American high school students. During the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013, Nissan sponsored the NAACP’s Welcome Center. In addition, Nissan sponsored the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery commemorating the life of Medgar Evers, a prominent civil rights activist whose widow Myrlie Evers-Williams is a former Chairwoman of the NAACP Board of Directors.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online atwww.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com andInfinitiNews.com.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
About the NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.