Gerald R. Ford Leadership Forum

The Black Intellectual Tradition


10 Mar 2023    
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dr. Angel Adams Parham demonstrates the importance of the Black intellectual tradition in America and how much of its strength comes from its immersion in the great texts of the Western tradition. By drawing on students’ own experiences and placing them in “The Great Conversation,” we deepen their experiences of truth, beauty, and goodness – the keys to a flourishing life. Join the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and Ford Leadership Forum as Dr. Parham shows us how great African-American thinkers have engaged the tradition and how such engagement can become a template for contemporary education.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Friday, March 10, 2023
*Private Ford Forum and Friends of Ford Member Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Public Program: 7 p.m.


Please RSVP by March 6, 2023

Lectures are free and open to the public. Since seating is limited, reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will be accommodated first come, first served.
*You must be a current member or a Ford Forum Student to attend the Friends of Ford reception. Need to check your status? Please contact Abby Vander Vliet at (616) 254-0396 or

A Zoom alternative is available here