Clyde W. Ford
In 1947, IBM hired accounting student John Stanley Ford to become the company’s first Black software engineer. CEO Watson used this opportunity to distract attention from IBM’s role in the Holocaust and many of IBM’s white employees-- not ready to accept a Black colleague--procceded to humilate, subverted and undermined Ford. Two decades later, Ford’s son, Bellingham writer Clyde W. Ford, began working at IBM and he, too, experienced the same types of institutional racism. In his book, Think Black (Harper Amistad), Clyde W. Ford reflects on his life and that of his father. We’re pleased to welcome him back to Elliott Bay tonight to share his compelling story (and call-to action).
“An inspiring account of a father and son struggling to break down racial barriers inside corporate America, and beyond. A must read.” --Morgan Freeman.