Ford Freedom Award 2011 Essay Contest Winners
In celebration of the 2011 Ford Freedom Honoree Judge Constance Baker Motley and the 2011 Ford Freedom Award Scholar Judge Damon J. Keith, Michigan students in grades 4-8 were invited to submit essays on the following topic: Pick a law that affects you or your family every day. Research what the law was designed to do, how and when it was passed and how life in the community is better as a result of the law.
A total of 1,103 essays were received from 118 schools throughout Michigan! Initial judging by a team of law students, lawyers and teachers winnowed the essays down to 45 finalists. Five winners were then selected by personnel from the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American.
The winners received their awards at the 2011 Ford Freedom Award Scholar's Lecture held at the Music Hall in Detroit on Tuesday, May 17. The awards were presented by Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, Juanita Moore, President & CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Joel Motley, son of the 2011 Ford Freedom Award Honoree, Judge Constance Baker Motley, and the 2011 Ford Freedom Award Scholar, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith of the Sixth Circuit.