May 8, 2012
is proud to partner with the
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Ford Motor Company
to present "
Ford Freedom Award: Talent, Tenacity, Teamwork
," honoring the
New York Renaissance Basketball Team
and NBA Hall of Famer
as the Ford Freedom Award Scholar. The half hour special will air
Saturday, May 12th
and will be rebroadcast on
Saturday, May 26th
Hosted by WXYZ Editorial and Public Affairs Director
, the program will feature an in-depth interview with actor, coach, author and newly selected U.S. Cultural Ambassador Abdul-Jabbar, who will be named the Ford Freedom Award Scholar. His basketball career spanned six championships, and he received a record six regular season MVP awards. The show will also look at the Ford Freedom Award recipient, the New York Renaissance, who were the first all-black, fully-professional African American owned team that dominated basketball in the 1920s and 30s.
The encore of "Ford Freedom Awards: Talent, Tenacity, Teamwork" will include highlights from this year's Ford Freedom Award celebration on
Thursday, May 17
's lecture to more than 1,500
area middle school students.
The Ford Freedom Award is awarded posthumously to distinguished individuals who dedicated their lives to improving the African American community and the world in general. Previous honorees include Judge
Constance Baker Motley
John H. Johnson
The Ford Freedom Award Scholar distinction is given to individuals who have excelled on a national or international level in the same field as the Ford Freedom Award honoree and who have furthered the achievements for a new generation. Past Scholars include Judge
Damon J. Keith
Raymond Usher IV.
Ford Freedom Award proceeds support educational programs, exhibits, and community outreach initiatives of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience.