*Actress Taraji P. Henson has been tapped to host the Ford Freedom’s Sisters luncheon honoring 20 exceptional African American women who have made a difference in Southern California.

The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Myrlie Evers Williams

The local honoree luncheon and award ceremony is a continuation of the Freedom’s Sisters traveling multimedia exhibit, which was launched in 2008 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

“Ford Motor Company is thrilled to have Ms. Henson hosting our Los Angeles Freedom’s Sisters luncheon”, said Pamela Alexander, director, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “A trailblazer in her own right, Taraji is a role model to women of all ages who strive to realize their dream.”

Civil rights icon and one of the 20 women honored in the national exhibit, Freedom Sister, Myrlie Evers Williams, will deliver the keynote address at the invitation only luncheon.

“I am honored to join the Ford Motor Company Fund in recognizing the struggles and continuing success of the many remarkable African American women of achievement here in Los Angeles and across the nation, both past and present,” says Henson.