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Ford Freedom Award

We’re pleased to announce the 2017 Ford Freedom Awards Program. This educational program is done in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in conjunction with their annual Ford Freedom Awards, which celebrates and highlights the lives and successes of African Americans, men and women who have made a positive impact in our history and in our current day.

This year’s theme is “Talents That Unite: How African Americans bring diverse communities together across America.” The program will include a 16-page student supplement available for delivery to schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, and a 12-page online teacher guide. Students will explore the ways African-Americans have brought diverse communities together through their passions and talents.

The student supplement will be delivered to schools the week of May 8. Click here to order FREE copies of the program for your classroom.

In addition, students in grades 4-8 are invited to submit essays on the following topic:

  • Passion - n. - a strong feeling of excitement or enthusiasm for doing something
    When people have a passion for something, they can change the world. But our world is a challenging place, with people from diverse backgrounds who have different experiences and world views. Your passion might be expressed through a talent or skill you possess, an activity you enjoy, a cause you support or a creative idea you have that would make a positive difference. In your school or community, how could you use your passion to help bring people from diverse backgrounds together?

Identify an African American who shares the same passion with you. Write about how and in what way you would use that passion to help build understanding and respect between people who are different. Perhaps you have an idea for an event, publication or performance that would bring together people from different races, religions, or nationalities. How would this make your community better? What do you hope to accomplish?

Entries must be received by Friday, April 28. Click here to download the rules and entry form.

To reserve a space for your classroom at the Ford Freedom Awards Scholar Lecture at the Max Fisher Music Center on Tuesday, May 23, click here to download the application form and submit by April 28.


2016 Ford Freedom Award Program


Ford Freedom Award Program Archive






2010 - Reaching High, Giving Back

Click here to download the 2010 Ford Freedom Poster






2005 - The Heritage of Jazz: African American Influence in American Music

Click here to download the 2005 Ford Freedom Supplement
Click here to download the 2005 Ford Freedom Supplement Teacher Guide


2004 - Pioneers in the Classroom: African American Achievers in the Education

Click here to download the 2004 Ford Freedom Supplement
Click here to download the 2004 Ford Freedom Supplement Teacher Guide