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Freedom Awards ‘14

Ford Freedom AwardsFord Motor Company and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History have announced the 16th Annual Ford Freedom Award honorees. The theme of this year’s celebration, the power of perseverance, salutes former South African President Nelson Mandela, and scholar Myrlie Evers-Williams, whose activist work and 30-year struggle to ensure the killer of her late husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, was brought to justice inspires all.

A special award will also be presented during this year’s award event, May 21, to retired Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson. Lt. Col. Jefferson served with the famous 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, in World War II. He was captured by the Nazis and held captive as a POW during the war.

All the honorees will be recognized for their persistent and tenacious efforts in the face of tremendous challenge. Additionally, the Ford Freedom Awards serves as a fundraiser for the Charles H. Wright Museum.

To commemorate this year’s event, Ford is seeking Detroiters who have demonstrated the power of perseverance. All are welcome to nominate living individuals who demonstrate the power to endure in pursuit of their goals. Nominations should include a brief but compelling summary of three to four paragraphs describing what distinguishes the individual from others. Nominations must be emailed to by May 2. Selected honorees and their nominators will receive tickets to attend the event May 21.

For additional event and ticket information, call the Music Hall Box Office at 313.887.8581 or visit

— Staff report

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