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Men of Courage: Andrew Young

Ford Fund Continues Commitment To African American Community With Men Of Courage Virtual Leadership Forum

Posted at Sun, Sep 20, 2020 12:00 AM
  • UN Ambassador Andrew Young, NYT Best-Selling Author Shaka Senghor and others to join virtual leadership forum
  • The inaugural nation-wide virtual summit will focus on shifting the narrative of African American men, building on Ford Fund’s commitment to promote conversations against racial and social injustice
  • Ford Motor Company Fund kicks off next phase of Men of Courage initiative with the announcement of the Men of Courage Game Changer Award

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8, 2020 – This week Ford Motor Company Fund will convene the first-ever virtual Men of Courage Leadership Forum, a national program aimed at promoting racial understanding and shifting the narrative of African American men.

The forum will take place Wednesday, Sept. 9, and Thursday, Sept. 10, and include former UN Ambassador Andrew Young and Shaka Senghor New York Times best-selling author.

The virtual forum will consist of two parts- an invitation-only gathering will feature a cross section of aspiring entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, athletes, entertainers, global business leaders and community influencers in a digital roundtable designed to develop strategies, challenge stereotypes and strengthen the narrative surrounding African American men. A second portion will be open to the public where persons from around the country may register to join the last portion of the forum featuring our special guest speakers each evening.

“Since its inception in 2015, Ford Men of Courage has offered African American men a platform to advance their narrative and unite behind a common mission of uplifting their families and communities through economic mobility,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development, Ford Motor Company Fund.

The two-hour open dialogue will center on Personal Branding, Leadership and Economic Stability. The virtual session will also feature innovative thought leaders, Hajj Flemings (Brand Camp University), Walter Ward III (Mobile Business School) and Jonathan Wilkins (Power of Leadership), with entertainment provided by Los Angeles Rams Celebrity DJ, MaL-Ski.

The forum will then open to the public nationally each day via Zoom at (Meeting ID: 971 5108 2397, Password: 969571) for an inspirational talk with Ambassador Andrew Young, and keynote address from Shaka Senghor.

Ford is also launching the Ford Men of Courage Game Changer Award, which will recognize an outstanding organization going above and beyond to impact their community and further the narrative regarding African American males.

Online nominations for the Game Changer award will open nationally at for eligible nonprofit organizations both evenings in partnership with the Brotherhood Crusade and Los Angeles Urban League. The top three finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their vision to a larger panel of community leaders and influencers. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant to advance their initiative. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2020.

Ford Fund encourages participants nationwide to join the conversation each day at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST and to download the Men of Courage digital tool kit at to continue the discussion in their own communities.

For more information on Ford Fund programs that support the African American community, visit


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