AKRON (March 23, 2004) — The Southern Region of the NAACP has presented Goodyear with its “Corporation of the Year” award, the tire maker said.
The 2004 Leonard F. Springs II Corporate Award is given to a corporation that has given the greatest or most consistent contribution during the year, Goodyear said. A spokesman said the contributions include not only financial but also help at regional and local NAACP events. He declined to say how much money Goodyear has contributed to the NAACP.
The Akron-based tire maker also received a “Premier 2004 Corporate Gold Partner” award.
The company said it exhibits at NAACP's national convention and has sponsored a labor luncheon for years. This year, the tire maker plans to sponsor the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education board of directors' event on the 50th anniversary of the landmark case ending segregation in public schools.
Goodyear has received NAACP honors from local and regional chapters in the U.S., though the spokesman said it has not received two awards at once before.