The Newport News shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has announced it has awarded the first One Community Transformational grant to the Fort Monroe Foundation, the company said.
The grant, which highlights Newport News´ commitment to diversity and inclusion in the community, will provide funding over the next three years for the creation of the National Center for Freedom, a new public resource to explore the historic struggles for freedom.
The aim of the One Community Transformational Grant, which launched earlier this year, is to support projects that make a difference in Hampton Roads, further deepening Newport News´ ties within the community.
The National Center for Freedom will provide programming, enrichment opportunities and community conversations for local, regional and national audiences. The center is being developed by the Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service in partnership with many civic, cultural and educational entities.
The National Center for Freedom will be launched as part of the 400-year commemoration of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans. Throughout the 2019 commemoration year, Fort Monroe plans to host a number of programs focused on diversity and inclusion, including a lecture series, cultural events, exhibits, community conversations, research, and student/teacher programs.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) is a spinoff of Northrop Grumman Corporation, an aerospace and defense technology company. Huntington Ingalls is America´s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry.