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Associated Press Published: May 20, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — The late South African President Nelson Mandela and two pioneering figures in America's civil rights movement are being honored at an annual fundraiser for Detroit's Charles Wright Museum of African American History.

The three are being recognized Wednesday night at the Ford Freedom Award program at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit. Ford Motor Co. is a sponsor of the awards.

The program recognizes Myrlie Evers-Williams for her three-decade effort to obtain a conviction in the killing of her husband, black civil rights activist Medgar Evers.

It also honors retired Air Force Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen who spent time in a Nazi German prison camp during World War II.

Jefferson and Evers-Williams are scheduled to attend.



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