Ford Motor Company Fund Celebrates Black History Month: Honoring the Past for a Better Future

Ford celebrates the achievements of the African American community this Black History Month and every month. This year, we recognize those committed to social justice and equity through their words, art, and activism.

We honor the past and look forward to a better future through the pioneers and trailblazers of moments and movements that uplift, empower and impact communities and ultimately transform the world.

Through partnerships and programs, Ford Fund celebrates the achievements of African Americans, including how they have shaped our country’s history and are laying a foundation for its future.

We invite you to engage with us and explore our initiatives that recognize excellence and innovation:

Men of Courage National Leadership Forum

A signature program of the national Ford Men of Courage initiative, the Leadership Forum focuses on personal brand building, enhancing leadership skills, and developing entrepreneurial dreams. Participants receive coaching, counseling, and other essential resources to enable success on their journey. The forum will be held Feb. 16-17, 2021, and broadcast from 8 to 9 p.m. on the Men of Courage Facebook page.

Andrew Young Film Series

From the perspective of Andrew Young, the renowned civil rights leader, and former United Nations Ambassador, this film series focuses on positive stories often overlooked by the mainstream media. A new hour-long film will premiere on the 3rd Thursday of every month in 2021 on the Men of Courage Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Daughters of Sonia Sanchez

Showcases poets and spoken word artists mentored by the legendary Sonia Sanchez. The program, which also honors Sanchez’s art and activism, will be led by renowned poet and producer Jessica Care Moore.


On-going Initiatives

HBC-You Mobility Challenge

Invites students, alumni, faculty, and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to submit an innovative proposal that addresses mobility need on campus or in their community. Proposals must address the theme, “Making Lives Better: Changing the Way We Move Through Smart Mobility” in some way. The deadline to submit is March 31, 2021.

Ford Gives Back Award

Provides opportunities for community organizations to receive supplemental funding to build upon the vital work they are doing to make positive changes within their communities. Previous Ford Freedom honorees (Ford Freedom’s Sisters and Ford Freedom Unsung) are eligible to apply. Submit proposals by Feb. 28, 2021.

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