DEARBORN, Mich., Mar. 3, 2016 – Ford Motor Company and Tom Joyner Foundation announced today the finalists for the Ford Freedom Unsung award, a national campaign honoring the outstanding achievements of ordinary people performing extraordinary work in the African American community.

The public now has the opportunity to vote for one lucky grand prize winner. Read about each unsung hero’s noteworthy accomplishments and vote for your favorite at

2016 Ford Freedom Unsung Hero Finalists
• Charles Belk, Los Angeles, CA
• Stephanie Bureau, Baton Rouge, LA
• Candace Devaney, Lawrenceville, GA
• Rosalind Evers, Conyers, GA
• Keesha Ferebee, Chesapeake, VA
• Felecia Frazier, Desoto, TX
• Sylvester Lee, Belleville, IL
• Ray Palmer, Kenner, LA
• Nikita Rose, Lakewood, CA
• James Washington, Montgomery, AL

The winner will be announced on the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS), and will receive a trip for two aboard the 2016 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. Voters must reside in the United States and be 21 years of age or older.

Stay tuned to TJMS for details and deadlines. Follow the online conversation using #FordFreedomUnsung, #BlackAmericaWeb and #FantasticVoyage16.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford, its products worldwide or Ford Motor Credit Company, visit


Freddie Allen is the National News Editor for the NNPA News Wire and 200-plus Black newspapers. 20 million readers. You should follow Freddie on Twitter and Instagram @freddieallenjr.

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