Honoring Teachers as Unsung Heroes in the African American Community
Ford Freedom Unsung Heroes | Honoring Teachers

Teachers represent the heart and soul of the community. They are entrusted with the responsibility of educating our children. 

Under “normal” circumstances their task is challenging. But their role has been more difficult because of COVID-19.

African American communities nationwide have been disproportionately hit by COVID-19, and yet, amid the devastation wrought by the pandemic have been stories of teachers who have exhibited extraordinary shows of humanity. 

To recognize and acknowledge the dedication of teachers nationwide, Ford and Rainbow PUSH Coalition are kicking off a special “Teacher Heroes of COVID-19” edition of the 2021 Ford Freedom Unsung awards program. 

Managed and administered by Ford Motor Company Fund, the automaker’s philanthropic arm, Ford Freedom Unsung is an annual award series that celebrates ordinary individuals doing extraordinary acts in the African American community.

“In the face of tremendous difficulty, educators heroically resolved to reach and teach students in novel and imaginative ways. They acted with a rare show of determination because they recognize that any lapse in learning can harm their students’ prospects and future,” said Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund.  “Teachers are essential, and we are proud to honor their selfless acts.”

Now through Oct. 1, individuals can visit https://fgb.life/what-we-do/ford-freedom-unsung to nominate a K-12 educator who has gone above and beyond for their students despite the challenges of virtual learning and other hardships during the pandemic. Entries must include a 500-word or less compelling summary describing what distinguishes the teacher nominee as an individual and how the nominee’s actions benefit the lives of their students and, by extension, the community they serve. 

Twenty-five national winners will be selected to receive a $1,000 award, along with a $100 gift card to purchase resources for their classroom. The 2021 Ford Freedom Unsung honorees also will be recognized at a special ceremony in November during Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s annual  Global Automotive Summit in Detroit.

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