We Love You Brother
We celebrate our brother’s life as he was a brother to us all while watching “Martin” on television. He gave us many laughs with his generous smile, unforgettable laugh and awesome preacher moments. Thomas Mikal “Tommy” Ford (June 15, 1964 – October 12, 2016) was an American actor who was best known for his role as Tommy Strawn in the sitcom Martin. Ford also appeared in one of the all-time classics “Harlem Nights”, which encompassed all of our favorite African American comedians actors and actresses.
In 1993, Ford directed and produced the play South of Where We Live, which was about six African-American professionals who return to the communities where they were raised and learn about the social issues that now exist.The play was performed at the Los Angeles Ebony Showcase Theater, the oldest black theater in the country. Ford chose the Ebony Showcase in order to raise money for the theater, which was in danger of closing. The same year, he directed the play Jonin‘, a comedy about fraternity life at a historically black college in Washington, D.C. Ford co-hosted the Texas Gospel Music Awards in 1993 with singer Yolanda Adams and actor Troy Curvey.
In 1998, Ford founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Be Still and Know. The organization’s mission was to build better communities for youth. Ford wrote two inspirational books for children, titled “Positive Attitude” and “I am Responsible for Me”. Ford spent time traveling to schools to inspire and empower children and encourage responsibility.