Ford, Rainbow PUSH Coalition honor Unsung “Heroes of COVID-19”
Ten ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things for the African American community during the pandemic recently were honored for their selflessness and heroism.
They were presented the Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of COVID-19” Awards on Dec. 2, 2020 during the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Global Automotive Summit, which was held virtually.
Ford invited the public to identify everyday people who made notable contributions to their communities during the pandemic. An overwhelming number of nominations — each with compelling stories — was submitted. Out of the numerous entries received from across the country, the judges had the difficult decision of selecting 10 winners.
Each will receive a $1,000 award.
Heroes of COVID-19 represent a cross-section of Americans who did everything from making masks to providing food, raising funds — even producing a film — to assist people hit hard by the virus.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition also presented Ford with the Benchmark Humanitarian Award for its heroism during the pandemic. Since the onset of COVID-19, Ford has focused its charitable efforts toward responding to needs of the community by providing access to food, shelter, mobility, PPE and emergency funds for those at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development for the Ford Motor Company Fund, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Watch her acceptance speech here.
The 2020 Ford Freedom Unsung “Heroes of COVID-19” Award recipients and the communities they serve are:
Brianna Donald Detroit, MI
Tanisha Brunson-Malone Newark, NJ
Kwami Abdul-Bey Little Rock, AR
Yolette Williams New York, NY
Alicia Sumlin Langston, OK
Merri Sheffield College Park, GA
Henry Bolden III New Orleans, LA
Nyomi Haynes Atlanta, GA
Jennie Shaw Trotwood, OH
Kenneth Williams Houston, TX