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Ford Celebrates Contributions of African American Men with Student Curriculum, Essay Contest, $10,000 in Scholarships

  • Together, Ford Motor Company, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Detroit Newspapers in Education launch new online curriculum celebrating contributions of African American men
  • Approximately 1,000 students across Michigan to participate in annual essay contest and compete for up to $10,000 in scholarships; deadline is March 24
  • Contest winners to be announced at 18th annual Ford Freedom Award program “Men of Courage: Advancing the Narrative of African American Men,” May 17

DEARBORN, Mich., March 4, 2016 – Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Detroit Newspapers in Education is celebrating the positive contributions of African American men through a new online supplement and statewide essay contest that will award up to $10,000 in scholarships.

The Ford Freedom Award educational program consists of a student supplement, classroom poster and teacher guide geared toward grades three and up. The 16-page supplement highlights notable work by and on behalf of African Americans. The full student supplement will be posted online March 16 at www.dnie.com. Schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are encouraged to order hard copies of the supplement by March 8 online or by contacting D. Scola at (313) 222-6895.

In addition to the educational supplement, approximately 1,000 Michigan-based public, private, parochial and home-school students in grades four through eight are expected to participate in a student essay contest as part of the African American Men of Courage program. Students will be asked to write how they demonstrate qualities of courage, and tell how those attributes have helped them find success in their own life and community. The deadline to enter is March 24. Additional contest details and supplement information are available at www.dnie.com.

Winners of the 2016 essay contest will be presented with scholarships at the Ford Freedom Awards event in Detroit, an annual celebration of African American success and achievement.

“Ford has a long history of recognizing unsung heroes in the African American community,” said Shawn Wilson, multicultural manager, Ford Motor Company Fund, the charitable arm of Ford Motor Company. “This year we are proud to honor African American Men of Courage for their contributions and strong personal character as a way to build and strengthen communities.”

The 18th annual Ford Freedom Award program takes place May 17 at Orchestra Hall, part of the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. This year’s theme, “Men of Courage: Advancing the Narrative of African American Men,” will celebrate achievements of the past, present and future, while highlighting selected African American men for their diverse, complex and valiant stories. This year’s honorees will be announced at a later time.

“African American history is literally filled with ‘Men of Courage,’” said Juanita Moore, president and CEO, Wright Museum. “The thousands of schoolchildren across Michigan who participate in this year’s essay contest will be inspired by their endeavors, which demonstrate dedication, hard work, and the courage to break through barriers to achieve one’s grandest dreams.”

Launched as a pilot program in Detroit last year, Men of Courage connects diverse black men from local communities with a growing list of renowned advocates and celebrities. Together, these groups seek to support one another and align to build relationships in an effort to help improve the perception of African American men in society.

Ford’s support of the African American community dates back to the early 20th century when the company was the largest employer of African Americans in the auto industry. Now, Ford is building on that support with signature initiatives that include Ford Freedom Unsung, Ford Blue Oval Scholars and Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge.

The Ford Freedom Award program is made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund. Proceeds from the event will benefit Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which is celebrating its 51st anniversary.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.​

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, The Wright Museum is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit www.TheWright.org.

Ford Motor Company and Tom Joyner Foundation Announce Finalists for National Ford Freedom Unsung Award

DEARBORN, Mich., Mar. 3, 2016 – Ford Motor Company and Tom Joyner Foundation announced today the finalists for the Ford Freedom Unsung award, a national campaign honoring the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community.

The public now has the opportunity to vote for one lucky grand prize winner. Read about each unsung hero’s noteworthy accomplishments and vote for your favorite at http://fantasticvoyage.blackamericaweb.com/ford-freedom-unsung/.

2016 Ford Freedom Unsung Hero Finalists

  • Charles Belk, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stephanie Bureau, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Candace Devaney, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Rosalind Evers, Conyers, GA
  • Keesha Ferebee, Chesapeake, VA
  • Felecia Frazier, Desoto, TX
  • Sylvester Lee, Belleville, IL
  • Ray Palmer, Kenner, LA
  • Nikita Rose, Lakewood, CA
  • James Washington, Montgomery, AL

The winner will be announced on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS), and will receive a trip for two aboard the 2016 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. Voters must reside in the United States and be 21 years of age or older.

Stay tuned to TJMS for details and deadlines. Follow the online conversation using #FordFreedomUnsung, #BlackAmericaWeb and #FantasticVoyage16.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit www.corporate.ford.com.

Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit Hosts 6th Annual Go Red Event in Support of American Heart Association Campaign

The Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit is hosting their sixth annual Go Red event in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25 at Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit, located at 1447 Woodward Avenue.

Woodhouse guests may purchase a special event VIP Go Red package featuring a Cupid’s Cocktail pedicure or manicure and hand massage while relaxing in a stress free environment to learn about heart health. A portion of the proceeds from each package as well as the minimum $20 purchase of a red or white balloon that includes an add-on service will go to the American Heart Association. A wine tasting featuring selected red wines or champagne will be provided by neighboring retailer, House of Pure Vin.

“The Woodhouse Day Spa is committed to raising awareness of heart disease especially, women’s health issues,” said Cheryl Hudson, owner of Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit. “We have been a health and wellness resource to the Detroit community for over nine years and take pride in providing a tranquil environment for people to de-stress, while learning about ways to relax and balance the rigors of everyday life”.

The Go Red event will be filled with relaxation, fun and education.  All attendees may take part in complimentary blood pressure checks and receive heart health information. Surprise and Delight specials will be unveiled to attending guests the day of the event.

Reservations are required for the special VIP package of $69, as space is limited to the first 25 registrants. However, all guests must purchase the $20 balloon and receive their future service enhancement. To register, please call (313) 965-6270 or go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/woodhouse-day-spa-6th-annual-go-red-event-tickets-21419761082.

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Ford Motor Company Joins Forces with Tom Joyner Foundation to Honor Unsung Heroes

  • National Ford Freedom Unsung program kicks off its celebration of heroes in the African American community
  • Nominations for community heroes are due Feb. 14; grand prize winner receives a trip for two aboard the 2016 Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford
  • Contest is part of Fund’s commitment to Go Further in Our Community

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 1, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is taking its Ford Freedom Unsung program to a national level by collaborating for the first time with Tom Joyner Foundation. The Ford Freedom Unsung award honors the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community.

Prior to the program’s national kickoff, Ford Freedom Unsung celebrations have taken place over the past four years in Atlanta; Southern California; Anchorage, Alaska; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Missouri; and San Francisco Bay Area.

Individuals are invited to nominate their favorite living unsung hero in the African American community. Nominees must reside in the United States and be 21 years of age or older.

“Ford has a legacy of honoring African American achievement,” said Pamela Alexander, director, community development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We are excited to launch this national contest and reward an unsung hero who uplifts our community.”

Judges will narrow the nominees to the top 10 finalists, then the public will have the opportunity to vote for the grand prize winner. Online voters will represent 25 percent of the vote for the winner. The winner will be announced no later than March 16, and will receive a trip for two aboard the 2016 Fantastic Voyage. Nominations are due no later than Feb. 14, and may be submitted to www.blackamericaweb.com.

Ford Motor Company is the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Fantastic Voyage. Ford also sponsors Historically Black Colleges and Universities Community Challenge in collaboration with Tom Joyner Foundation. The challenge has awarded $300,000 in scholarships and community grants to winning students and teams to implement community projects.

Ford Motor Company’s support of the African American community dates back to the early 20th century when the automaker was the largest employer of African Americans in the industry. Ford is building on that century-long support with other signature initiatives that include:

  • $1 million donation to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History
  • $1 million donation to National Civil Rights Museum
  • Millions of dollars in scholarships, programs and other educational initiatives coast to coast

Last month, Ford Fund launched a national program aimed at African American men, Men of Courage. The program was created to help improve the perception of African American men in society by providing a forum where a diverse group of men take action to provide social and financial capital for projects honoring black men. Men of Courage calls on black men to share stories and solutions for building their communities.

Follow the online conversation using #FordFreedomUnsung, #BlackAmericaWeb and #TomJoynerFantasticVoyage.FordFreedom-Billboard

Woodhouse Day Spa Teams with Bricker-Tunis Furs to Host Facials and Furs Event Bricker-Tunis Furs Visits Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit Just in Time for Charity Preview

Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit joins forces with Bricker-Tunis Furs to host Facials and Furs, an evening of spa treatments and elegant shopping.  It’s a perfect time to pick up that special fur accessory for Charity Preview, while rejuvenating the skin in preparation for that special make-up for the event. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7 at Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit, 1447 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226.

“The winter season is the perfect to time to rejuvenate your skin at any age.  Our skilled skin care experts can not only thoroughly cleanse, soften and moisturize your skin, but also treat those clogged pores and blemishes. Our Facials and Furs event is a great way to bring in the New Year with a little shopping fun while preparing your skin for that Charity Preview make-up, ” said Cheryl Hudson, owner of Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit. “Let’s celebrate the New Year, a New Face and a New You.”

Guests at Facials and Furs will enjoy a 30 minute Discovery Facial, brow or lip wax, skin analysis, and product demonstrations, while shopping Bricker-Tunis Furs’ special selection of fur accessories such as hats, gloves, vests, and wraps.

“We are excited to partner with Woodhouse Day Spa. Together we will enhance your beauty from the inside out. When you look beautiful, you feel beautiful,” said Arthur Bricker, owner of Bricker-Tunis Furs.

Guests will leave feeling refreshed, and will receive complimentary gifts including a $20 Woodhouse bonus card, and a swag bag full of product samples. Guests will also have a chance to win a beautiful door prize from Bricker-Tunis Furs. In addition, all guests will receive 20% off all facial products and 20% off their next facial service.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Tickets are $65 and valued up to $150 or more. Walk-ins will not be accepted. To register please visit Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facial-furs-tickets-20151855743 or call (313) 965-6270.

 

2015 Ford Freedom Awards

An Evening of Music, Fashion and Technology

17th Annual Ford Freedom Award Celebrates Technopreneurs:

Builders of the Innovation Economy 

·         Event to honor late inventor Elijah McCoy; CODE2040 founder Laura Weidman Powers; and Lotus 1-2-3 developer Mitch Kapor and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, social activist

·         Program features an evening of fashion, music and technology, including a concert by GRAMMY Award Nominee Ledisi, appearances by Lyndsey Scott, Big Sean and Van Jones

·         Proceeds to benefit Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in celebration of its 50th anniversary

DEARBORN, Mich., April 13, 2015 – Ford Motor Company is bringing its commitment to innovation to the 17th Annual Ford Freedom Award, which next month celebrates the achievements of past and present technology entrepreneurs.

Under the theme Celebrating Technopreneurs: Builders of the Innovation Economy, Ford and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History salute the achievements of three entrepreneurs who used technology to affect change: Ford Freedom Honoree Elijah McCoy, inventor; Ford Freedom Award Scholar, Laura Weidman Powers, founder of CODE2040; and special Legacy Award recipients Mitch Kapor, Lotus 1-2-3 developer, and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, entrepreneur and social activist.

The event takes place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. 

“At Ford, we recognize the power of innovation and technology and the impact it has on making our lives better,” said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president, government and community relations, Ford Motor Company. “We are proud to honor these diverse individuals for their pioneering work, and we further salute them for sparking the imagination of our youth.”

The Ford Freedom Award honoree is a distinguished African American who dedicated his or her life to improving the African American community and the world at large. The award is presented posthumously. The Ford Freedom Award scholar is an African American who has excelled on a national or international level in their field. The scholar serves as a living legacy, carrying forth high ideals, and serving as inspiration for a new generation.

This year, the Ford Freedom Award honoree is Elijah McCoy. The son of fugitive slaves, the Michigan-raised McCoy trained as a mechanical engineer and went on to receive nearly 60 patents, many of them involving lubrication for steam engines. One invention, an automatic lubricator, distributed oil evenly over an engine’s moving parts, allowing locomotives and other machinery to run continuously for long periods of time without pausing for maintenance. McCoy died in Detroit in 1929.

The 2015 Ford Freedom Award scholar is Laura Weidman Powers, founder of CODE2040, an organization that provides fellowship opportunities in Silicon Valley for blacks and Latinos in engineering. CODE2040 takes its name from the year when ethnic minorities are expected to represent the majority of the U.S. population. The organization is working to ensure multicultural groups are trained to fill the growing number of STEM-related jobs.

This year a special Legacy Award will be given to Mitch Kapor and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein. The two will be honored for their philanthropic efforts toward educational access, diversification in technology to include more blacks and Latinos and Latinas, and also creating technological social impact in various underrepresented communities.

Other notables attending the event and presenting include Detroit native Big Sean, multiplatinum-winning musician and founder of the Sean Anderson Foundation; Van Jones, founder of #YesWeCode; and Barrington Irving, founder, Flying Classroom. Lyndsey Scott, technology expert, app developer, actress and Victoria Secret model, will also serve as a presenter at the Ford Freedom Award VIP reception and champagne red carpet host.

As part of the Ford Freedom Award educational outreach, Laura Weidman Powers, will address nearly 1,700 elementary and middle school students from around the state. The 2015 Ford Freedom Award scholarship essay winners will be announced during the program, which will also honor winners from last month’s Ford STEAM Lab Hackathon.

“African Americans have contributed to the technological advancement of the United States since its inception, so much so that our most recent permanent exhibit, ‘Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology,’ is completely dedicated to exploring this fascinating history,” said Juanita Moore, president & CEO of The Wright Museum. “We’re proud to partner with Ford Motor Company in presenting this year’s program in a way that highlights technology and entrepreneurship – two areas very relevant to our society’s present and future.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, also celebrating its 50 year anniversary.

Tickets are $40 per person, or $35 for Wright Museum members. A special, limited number of Platinum VIP reception tickets are available for $185, which includes a celebrity red carpet experience, photo opportunity with the honorees and presenters. The evening’s award program will include a special concert performance by recording artist and GRAMMY nominee Ledisi in partnership with the GRAMMY Foundation®.

The Ford Freedom Award program is made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund. For additional event and ticket information, call the Max M. Fisher Music Center (Orchestra Hall) box office at (313) 576-5111 or go to http://www.fordfreedomaward.com.

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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving.  Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Next Generation Learning and other inspiring programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, The Wright Museum is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit http://www.TheWright.org.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at The Wright Museum

Museum’s most popular day of the year features Commemorative Breakfast celebration, activities for the entire family

DETROIT, MI – January 8, 2014: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents the 14th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemorative Breakfast Monday, January 20, 2014 beginning at 8 am. The breakfast precedes a full day of activities honoring Dr. King and his legacy at the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, on its most popular day of the year.

Hosted by the Women’s and Friends’ Committees of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the breakfast, an annual fundraiser for the museum, will feature a keynote by Reverend Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart III, Senior Pastor, Hope United Methodist Church; Charleston, South Carolina contemporary violinist Daniel Davis performing a MLK tribute entitled The Dream Today; China Cochran, Lyric Soprano; 2013 Miss Michigan American Sweetheart Isabella Vesprini; and the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College. To mark the 40th anniversary of the city’s first African American mayor taking office, the posthumous Honorary Chair of the breakfast is Mayor Coleman A. Young, with his friend, the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, as Honorary Co-Chair.

The Wright Museum opens to the public at 9 am with a full day of activities, and will remain open until 7 pm. The day’s schedule includes arts & crafts, children’s activities and workshops; a musical performance by contemporary violinist Daniel Davis; screenings of the museum-produced documentary, A King Among Us; displays of Martin Luther King artifacts including a recently donated, signed copy of Dr. King’s 1964 book, Why We Can’t Wait, and two gifts of General Motors: the Table of Brotherhood, signed by luminaries such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Spike Lee, and an official maquette (scale model) of the Martin Luther King National Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and a morning book signing by the Honorable Damon J. Keith for Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, written by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman with a foreword by Mitch Albom.

Additionally, the museum will open its latest traveling exhibition, Point of View: African American Art Masters from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, which features works by modern masters such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, William Edouard Scott, Elizabeth Catlett, James Van Der Zee, and many others. Point of View is a two-part exhibit drawn from the impressive African American and African Diaspora art collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry, presented in partnership with the Flint Institute of Arts, which is displaying the collection’s contemporary works. Elliot Perry, a former professional basketball player, started to collect mid-to late 20th century African American art in 1996, and has said that his passion for art now rivals his love for basketball. This collaboration allows visitors to see both exhibitions with the purchase of one ticket.

Tickets for the Commemorative Breakfast are $35 and can be purchased online at www.TheWright.org, by calling (800) 838-3006, or at the museum during normal business hours. Discounted group tickets are available for $30 each when purchased in groups of 10, and all breakfast tickets include admission to MLK Day activities at the museum. Doors open at 7 am and breakfast will be served promptly at 8 am in the museum’s Ford Freedom Rotunda.  Valet parking will be available.

MLK Day activities and exhibits are free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), $5 for seniors (62+) and youth ages (3-12), and free for museum members and children under 3. The first 100 visitors to the daylong celebration will receive a signed copy of Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith with the purchase of a museum membership or Commemorative Breakfast ticket, courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

About Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith

The Honorable Damon J. Keith was appointed to the federal bench in 1967 and has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977, where he has been an eloquent defender of civil and constitutional rights and a vigorous enforcer of civil rights law. In Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, authors Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman presents the first ever biography of native Detroiter Judge Keith, surveying his education, important influences, major cases, and professional and personal commitments. Along the way, the authors consult a host of Keith’s notable friends and colleagues, including former White House deputy counsel John Dean, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and industrialist Edsel Ford II for this candid and comprehensive volume.

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Founded in 1965 and located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, The Wright Museum is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience.  For more information, please visit TheWright.org.

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