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Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau Honored with Ford Freedom Awards

The Seventh Annual Ford Freedom Award program will honor two jazz musicians this year – Ella Fitzgerald (pictured) with the Ford Freedom Award and Al Jarreau as the Ford Freedom Award Scholar – tonight at a black-tie gala at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The Ford Freedom Award, created in 1999, posthumously honors an individual who dedicated his or her life to improving the African American community and the world in general. Fitzgerald will be honored with a brass place bearing her name, which will be added to the museum’s Ring of Genealogy and unveiled during the awards ceremony. Fitzgerald’s son, Ray Brown Jr., will accept the award on her behalf.

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