Aflac becomes the first corporate citizen to make a donation toward the museum's construction
COLUMBUS, Ga., June 28, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Aflac Chairman and CEO,
Dan Amos presented a check for $1 million dollars today to the Smithsonian
Institute for the building of the new National Museum of African-American
History and Culture, making the Columbus, Ga.-based insurer the first Fortune
500 company to donate funds toward the landmark's construction. Amos made the
check presentation during a donation ceremony in the Smithsonian's Castle
"Aflac is proud to lead the way in contributing to this most worthy
cause," Amos said. "The museum will serve as a great way to spotlight
America's diverse history while honoring the African-American experience that
has been instrumental in the development of our great nation. I look forward
to the completion of this significant cultural landmark."
The museum will be the only national institution devoted exclusively to
the documentation of African-American life, art, history and culture. The
museum's exhibits will cover topics as varied as slavery, post-Civil War
Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement.
The museum's director, Lonnie G. Bunch, and Smithsonian Secretary Lawrence
M. Small accepted the $1 million donation during the ceremony. "We are
extremely grateful that Aflac, a company with a proud history of community
involvement and philanthropic giving, has stepped forward to galvanize the
launch of our newest museum with such a magnanimous gift," said Small.
The National Museum of African-American History and Culture was
established on Dec. 19, 2003, when President Bush signed into law legislation
establishing the museum as part of the Smithsonian Institution. The
Smithsonian Board of Regents announced the founding 19-member council of the
museum -- which includes leaders from business, academia and the arts -- in
Dr. Robert L. Wright, chairman emeritus of Dimensions International and
former chairman of the Presidential Commission for the National Museum of
African-American History and Culture, expressed his sincere appreciation of
Aflac's commitment. "I am proud to be involved with a company that recognizes
the important contributions that African Americans have made to our great
country. Aflac has a long-standing history of philanthropy and a profound
understanding of the importance of diversity," said Wright, who is also a
member of Aflac's board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee.
Planning, design and construction of the museum are currently under way.
Also in attendance at the donation ceremony were Aflac board member Ben
Johnson and U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop Jr. of Georgia.
Aflac made the pledge to support the museum nearly three years ago in
November 2002. More recently, Aflac donated $1 million toward the
construction of a national memorial commemorating the life and work of Martin
Luther King Jr. during an MLK Unity Breakfast held in Columbus, Ga., on
January 17, 2005.
For 50 years, Aflac (NYSE: AFL) products have given policyholders the
opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting
medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of
guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one
insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan.
Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people
worldwide. In January 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of
the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the seventh consecutive
year. Aflac has also been included in both Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List
of America's Best Big Companies and in Fortune magazine's listing of America's
Most Admired Companies for five consecutive years. Aflac Incorporated is a
Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
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