Empowering Black Men Focus of the Barbershop competition | Michigan News


DETROIT (AP) – Community-focused hair salons in the Detroit area can compete for a grant of $ 10,000 as part of a program designed to educate and empower African American men.

Applications are being accepted until August 9 from state-certified barber shop owners for the Ford Men of Courage Barbershop Challenge.

Hair salon owners are invited to submit innovative community proposals designed to stimulate positive socio-economic mobility in their community. Up to three finalists will compete over a six-month period in developing a community engagement program for adults and youth.

The finalist will be eligible to select a local non-profit organization to receive a grant of $ 5,000.

The challenge is part of the Ford Men of Courage initiative to build communities by advancing the narrative of black men through storytelling, educational events, intergenerational forums, community vision sessions and other organized events.

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The Ford Motor Co. Fund and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit are joining the competition.

“The challenge focuses on a keystone of African American communities – the hair salon – and encourages owners to use it as a launching pad to turn their ideas into community awareness and success,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development for the Ford Motor Co. Fund. “Detroit is a city filled with men who change and improve our world every day and we are thrilled to celebrate and honor them with this program. ”

The Barbershop Challenge is also designed to complement the upcoming exhibit, Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. Exhibition opened this fall at the Charles H. Wright Museum. The exhibition was created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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