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Ford Announces National Men of Courage Contest

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Ford Men of Courage

Ford has launched a new national initiative that will consist of a contest whose grand prize winner will be honored at the Ford Freedom Awards on May 17th. The National Men of Courage contest asks black men from around the country to tell their stories and share their ideas for strengthening communities, and it is being launched as part of a Men of Courage gathering at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore.

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“Ford has a long history of supporting the African American community and is a trusted source when it comes to building communities,” said forum participant Burt Jordan, Ford vice president, Global Vehicle and Powertrain Purchasing & Supplier Diversity. “Men of Courage has the power to bring together African-American men in a way that will positively impact people throughout the country.”

Men of Courage began in 2015 as a pilot program, and its aim is to connect black men who aspire to improve their communities with advocates and celebrities in order to inspire confidence and promote action. Celebrity participants in the Men of Courage program include former Detroit mayor and NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing and 2016 Grammy-nominee Big Sean.

“After being a part of the Men of Courage pilot program and witnessing the benefits of uplifting our community, I am proud to lend my voice and take this effort to the national level,” said Big Sean.

In addition to the contest, Ford Fund is also helping to create free online education materials that will profile 20 significant black men. The concept behind this program is to inspire junior and secondary high school students to follow their dreams.

More information on the contest and the curriculum can be found at

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