Detroit celebrates three extraordinary heroes during 2014 Ford Freedom Award program

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The power of perseverance was the theme of this year's Ford Freedom Award and the three honorees for 2014 embody that trait.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams and retired Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson were saluted during Wednesday night's program at Music Hall for the Performing Arts.

700 people were on hand for this year's event.

WXYZ-TV Editorial Director Chuck Stokes served as emcee.

The Ford Freedom Award program is underwritten by a grant from Ford Motor Company. It serves as a fundraiser for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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