Pictured above (L-R): Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA), Chair, CBCF Board of Directors; Shuanise Washington, President and CEO, CBCF; Kyle Dixon, VP of Public Policy, Time Warner; Rep. Charles Rangel (NY)

This week, Time Warner received the Distinguished Corporation Avoice Heritage Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Congressman Charles Rangel presented the award to Kyle Dixon, Vice President of Public Policy for Time Warner, who accepted it on behalf of the company. Other Time Warner executives in attendance included Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer; Steve Vest, SVP, Global Public Policy, Global Public Policy; and Jonathan Beane, Executive Director, Multicultural Initiatives; and they were joined by Dan Lothian, Lisa Sylvester, Bryan Monroe and Shannon Travis from CNN.

Pictured above: Kyle Dixon, VP of Public Policy, Time Warner, accepts the Distinguished Corporation Avoice Heritage Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The CBCF, a non-profit, nonpartisan, educational and research institute, with which Time Warner maintains a longstanding relationship through Corporate Responsibility and through Global Public Policy, led by Carol Melton, Executive Vice President. The Foundation hosts its Avoice Heritage Celebration during Black History Month each year, to honor the legacy of African-American legislators and to highlight efforts that preserve African-American history.

Pictured above (L-R): Shuanise Washington, President and CEO, CBCF; Hon. Carrie P. Meek (FL); Kyle Dixon, VP of Public Policy, Time Warner; and Keith Wright, chief operating officer, CBCF

Presented during the Foundation’s annual celebration, the award recognizes companies that commit to cultivating minority civic engagement, public discourse on African-American history, or preservation of artifacts through philanthropic or programming support.

This year, Time Warner was selected as the award recipient for its commitment to highlighting and educating audiences about African-American history and culture through the use of journalism, documentaries, and entertainment, as well as financial and other support. Programs such as CNN’s Black in America television series and online initiative, HBO’s documentary film series The Black List, and Warner Bros.’ upcoming feature film that explores the life of Jackie Robinson, 42 – just to name a few – help to ensure that African-American’s stories are told and retold for years to come.

The company also promotes diversity by supporting organizations with proven track records of nurturing and showcasing African-American and other diverse artists, such as the Apollo Theater, Caribbean Culture Center, Black Filmmakers Foundation and many more. In addition, the Time Warner Foundation is a founding donor of the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

The Avoice Heritage Celebration, which also helps raise funds for the CBCF Avoice Virtual Library Project, concluded with a special musical tribute to Stevie Wonder, featuring performances by Dionne Warwick and Doug E. Fresh.