General Motors marked Black History Month with a reception at the Detroit Marriott at the automaker’s headquarters, the Renaissance Center. On hand was a special keynote speaker, however, Spike Lee.
The Detroit News reports the critically-acclaimed movie director delivered a compelling speech on the arts, education and mentorship, and challenged those in attendance to allow children to follow their dreams.
The evening’s sponsor, Cadillac, filled the room with the latest from GM’s luxury marque, where brand president Johan de Nysschen also made remarks over Cadillac’s move to New York City and his South African heritage.
“Every step Cadillac takes, we take Detroit with us,” he assured the 1,200 guests.
de Nysschen was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award during the event.
Other award recipients included DMC CEO Reginald Eadie, music executive Mike Muse, Chicago Child Care Society’s Dara T. Munson, Marc Robert, owner of the male grooming spa Marc Robert Experience and the Rev. Dr. Cecelia Evelyn GreeneBarr, pastor of Smith Chapel AME Church, according to the report.