ADL Receives $100,000 Gift from Business Leaders to Advance Work to End Racism and Hatred in America

New York, NY, July 6, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has received a generous $100,000 donation from two business leaders to advance its work fighting racism and hatred in the aftermath of the attack on the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

Rod Aycox, CEO of Select Management Resources, based in Alpharetta, GA, and Lamell McMorris, CEO of Perennial Strategy Group in Washington, D.C. announced the gift earlier this week as part of a total $1 million in gifts to 10 civil rights organizations that fight discrimination and racism.

The funds will help support ADL’s programs to fight racism and prejudice in society through anti-bias education programs, to expose bigotry in all forms, to research extremist groups, and to advocate for hate crime laws in the state of South Carolina and four other states that do not have statutes currently on the books.

“Out of the tragedy of Charleston people are coming together to stand up to racism and hatred, and we are so grateful for the generosity of these business leaders who have stepped forward to lend their support to the Charleston church, to ADL, and to our partners in the civil rights community,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Working together, we can turn this tragedy into something positive and ensure that we send the message that there is simply no place for racism and anti-Semitism in America.”

Other grant recipients include the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Conference of National Black Churches, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, the NAACP, the National Action Network, the National Council of La Raza, the National Urban League and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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