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Ford Freedom Award

For the past 16 years, DNIE has partnered with the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History to bring Michigan classrooms quality educational programs in conjunction with the annual Ford Freedom Award program.

Each program focuses on the lives and successes of African Americans within a specific theme. The supplements feature men and women who have made a positive impact in our history and in our current day.

Teachers, parents and students are welcome to flip through the archive below. We hope you enjoy the stories and feel inspired to follow in the footsteps of some of our country’s strongest leaders.


2016 Ford Freedom Award Program


Ford Freedom Award Program Archive






2010 - Reaching High, Giving Back

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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