19th Annual Ford Freedom Award

Every year, the Ford Freedom Award is presented to African Americans who have been influential in the arts community. Ford paired up with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to decide on 2017’s winner of the Ford Freedom Award.

This year’s theme for the awards was, “Talents That Unite! African Americans Bring Diverse Communities Together Across America.” The theme aimed to acknowledge the impact that talented artists have had on the arts community.

The 2017 Ford Freedom Award went to the playwright August Wilson. While Wilson is no longer living, the vitality of his work, primarily his play Fences, has had in the theatre community and African American community continues to remain powerful.

Animator Floyd Norman was named the Ford Freedom Award Scholar, an award that’s given to current talents in the arts community who are making a difference. Floyd Norman is the first African American hired at Disney, and has since become an award-winning animator. He helped create Vignette Films, a company that produces black history films that are shown in high schools.

The amazing success of both Wilson and Norman doesn’t only inspire those in the art community, but inspires all of us to be courageous and never give up on our dreams.

We at Mangold Ford are in awe of these talented artists and proud of Ford’s continued celebration of the arts.

Ford Fiesta Named One of Best Back-to-School Cars

Students and parents don’t always agree on what makes a great car for a teenager. Parents are more concerned about safety and practicality; kids want something that looks good to impress their friends. However, Kelley Blue Book recently sought to close the gap by seeking out the best back-to-school cars that combine style and practicality – and the Ford Fiesta was ranked among them.

The Ford Fiesta is a subcompact car, which means it’s small and lightweight. This means it is both fuel-efficient and easier to maneuver. You won’t have to worry about navigating into tight parking spaces in the Fiesta, and you will save your teen (or you, if you’re the one who gives out gas money) plenty of cash in the way of fueling up with its 37 mpg highway. Plus, with a bold, modern style and fun driving dynamics, the Fiesta is stylish, too.

Another thing that earned the Fiesta its spot among the best back-to-school cars is its incredible price. The Fiesta can typically be found for under $15,000, making it a great, budget-friendly option for kids looking to buy their first car. And if you’re a good student, maybe you can even convince your parents to opt for the more powerful ST model.