Usher Recognized by Ford Freedom Award Program

During the 2010 Ford Freedom Award program, two of the most successful African American entrepreneurs in the US were recognized for their outstanding achievements: the late publishing executive John H. Johnson and recording artist Usher Raymond IV, popularly known as “Usher”.

The event celebrates and recognizes individuals whose achievements brought lasting and positive change for African Americans and the world.

Usher, chairman and founder of Usher’s New Look Foundation, has been named the Ford Freedom Award Scholar. On the other hand, Johnson, founder and publisher of Johnson Publishing, publisher of Jet and Ebony magazines, is receiving the Ford Freedom Award posthumously.

“John H. Johnson and Usher epitomize the meaning of the Ford Freedom Award,”
said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president, Government and Community Relations, Ford Motor Company. “Their achievements have benefited the individual lives of many, and communities for us all. We are thrilled to have them as this years honorees and to celebrate their commitment and passion.”

The Ford Freedom honoree is presented posthumously to African Americans 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 is presented to an African American who has excelled on a national or international level in the field of the Ford Freedom Award Honoree.

“I am truly honored to be named the Ford Freedom Award Scholar and applaud the program for encouraging youth as leaders and entrepreneurs,”
Usher said. “Young people have the power and ability to create great changes in our communities and the world. It is up to all of us to ensure youth have the support, training and mentors to make their dreams realities.”
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