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Ford teams with Dr. Henry Louis Gates for Black History Month

gategala 600DEARBORN, Mich. (PRNewswire) – Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will join Ford Motor Company's African American employee resource group, Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network (FAAN), in celebrating Black History Month on Feb. 21.

The theme, "Finding Your Roots," is inspired by Gates, the keynote speaker, who is host of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots." He is also the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University.

Established in 1983, FAAN is Ford's first employee resource group. Its motto, Networking Today for a Successful Tomorrow, encompasses the organization's goal to help people of African descent and other diversity constituents to maximize their contribution to Ford Motor Company.

The 33rd Annual Black History Month celebration will be hosted by Sherri Shepherd, daytime Emmy Award winner and co-host of "The View," at the Dearborn Inn. The celebration will honor pioneers in the Ford dealership industry, as well as current African-American Ford dealers.

Attended by more than 500 Ford colleagues, business partners and community leaders, the event also recognizes civil rights warriors and key community leaders for their contributions to the quality of life nationally and in metropolitan Detroit.

"Every year we gather as a company to celebrate Black History Month while also recognizing various African Americans on both a national and local scale," said Bennie Fowler, group vice president, global quality at Ford and FAAN president.

"Last year we partnered with syndicated columnist and author Roland Martin, and this year we are pleased to be able to join forces with Dr. Gates."

Tickets can be purchased online at http://fordfaan2014bhm.eventbrite.com/. Attendees will also be able to win tickets to attend the 20th ESSENCE Festival, which takes place in New Orleans July 4th weekend.


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