2014 Ford Freedom Award
Ford Motor Company, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History present the 16th Annual Ford Freedom Award May 21, 2014, at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. The theme of this year’s celebration, The Power of Perseverance, salutes former South African President Nelson Mandela and civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams with a special tribute performance by The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.
2014 Ford Freedom Award honoree Mandela will be celebrated as an antiapartheid activist who spent more than 25 years in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa. Ford Freedom Award scholar and civil rights activist and author Evers-Williams is being recognized for her 30-year struggle to ensure that the killer of her late husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, was brought to justice. A special award will be presented to Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, a U.S. Air Force retiree who served with the famous 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, in World War II. Jefferson was captured by the Nazis and held captive as a POW during the war.
Tickets are $40 each or $35 for Wright Museum members. A special $75 VIP ticket includes a pre-reception, afterglow experience and photo opportunity with the honorees and performers. Tickets may be purchased online here, by phone at (313) 887-8581, or at the Music Hall box office.