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  • Singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, students, Jim Vella, President of Ford Fund
  • Los Angeles — Ford believes in honoring outstanding achievements. As part of Grammy and Image Awards weekend in Los Angeles, Ford supported the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy in the Schools Live! initiative enabling students to continue access to music programs in schools.

    Jim Vella, President of Ford Fund, congratulates 2017 Grammy Foundation Music Educator of the Year Keith Hancock of Tesoro High School in California. Annually the award celebrates inspirational music educators.

    Vella and Hancock talked music with singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc and students of the Ford Fund-sponsored Grammy In the Schools program.

    Additionally, the Fund sponsors the NAACP Image Awards and Hollywood Symposium. This year’s Champion of Community Award honors Cathy Hughes, chairperson and founder of Radio One and Founder of TV One. The celebrated leader, entrepreneur and executive changed the face of broadcasting with her innovative vision.

    The Symposium helps people identify the tools to get started on the right path in the industry and create a legacy for generations to come as community stakeholders, activists, industry professionals and college students collaborate to learn about the film industry and its impact on African Americans.

  • Jim Vella, president of Ford Fund; Music Educator of the Year Keith Hancock of Tesoro High School in California; Pamela Alexander, director, Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services