WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 is proud to partner with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Ford Motor Company to present the “Ford Freedom Award: The Empire Builders and the Dream Maker,” honoring the late John H. Johnson, founder and publisher of Johnson Publishing, and Usher Raymond IV, chairman and founder of Usher’s New Look Foundation.
The program will air on Saturday, May 8, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on WXYZ-TV. An encore presentation will air on Sunday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m.
The program profiles the achievements of a select group of African-American entrepreneurs, including John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, who through his dedication, changed the face of American media.
Johnson will receive the Ford Freedom Award posthumously.
Hosted by Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV editorial and public affairs director, the special features an in-depth interview with recording star Usher Raymond who talks about his musical success, his commitment to young people, and his new business ventures.
Raymond has been named the Ford Freedom Award Scholar.
The show will also include highlights from this years Ford Freedom Award celebration on Thursday, May 6, that features a scholar’s lecture for more than 1,500 middle school students at the Detroit Music Hall and an evening gala at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
The Ford Freedom Award is presented posthumously to a distinguished African American who has dedicated their life to improving the African-American community and the world at large through their chosen field.
The Ford Freedom Award Scholar honor is given to an African American who has excelled on a national or international level in the field of the Ford Freedom Award honoree.
The Scholar serves as a living legacy who has furthered those achievements for a new generation.