Project NOW director to headline multicultural event

Dwight Ford
Rev. Dwight Ford

The Rev. Dwight Ford, executive director of Project NOW, is set to be the speaker at the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s next Multicultural Speaker Series.

The speaker series begins with check-in at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, and the program at noon. It will be held in the Riverfront Room of the Western Illinois University Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline.

The series is called “Living with Mirrors of Conscience and Windows of Hope.” The presentation will share information about the existing challenges people of color and families of low-income status face daily in the Quad Cities. Presenters offer a set of solutions through a lens of conscience-based commitments which inspire more awareness, connectivity, understanding, shared responsibility, and greater expectations of possibilities in the Quad Cities region.   

Mr. Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is currently a doctoral student in a dual program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  He is married to Kit Ford, and they have two children, Imani and Justice. 

Before leading Project NOW, he was executive director of the Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership and executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Rock Island. He was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and raised in Rock Island. After graduating high school, Mr. Ford enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed a six-year military career, including tours in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He is an ordained Baptist pastor and founded Grace City Church in Rock Island.

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