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How Emeline King Made History As Ford Motor Company's First Black Woman Car Designer And Became The Interior Designer For The 1994 Ford Mustang

Meet Emeline King, the woman who developed the interior design of one of America’s most beloved cars. According to the Ford Performance blog, after 80 years of business, Ford Motor Company hired its first Black female car designer, Emeline King, who would soon help the company develop the concept that led to the interior design of the 1994 Ford Mustang. Her father, Earnest O. King Sr. — a Ford Motor Company fabrication specialist — introduced Emeline King to the brand at a very young age. Ultimately, Emeline King “fell in love with the 1968 Ford Mustang” after taking a trip with her father to the auto show; as they say, the rest was history.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Something Black Made ® (@somethingblackmade) “I loved to play with toy cars when I was a child. It was an insult to give me a doll,” said King to Ford. King was raised in Detroit, MI, the place dubbed the Motor City for its role in the Industrial Revolution and home to many of the automotive...

Shanique Yates

Mar 20, 2024

Ford Employees Call For Automaker to Stop Making Police Cars

As efforts to stop police brutality and defund the police continue, Ford Motor Company employees are taking direct action. According to The Verge , a group of Ford employees has asked the automaker to stop making the Ford Police Interceptor and other pursuit-rated utility vehicles , which are built specifically for law enforcement. Also, new technologies are tested in Ford’s cop cars that benefit their overall lineup. “We cannot claim to support the fight against systemic racism while supplying and supporting the very systems that perpetrate violence against Black Americans,” the group wrote, according to Jalopnik. “Throughout our history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression.” In response to the employee’s concerns, Ford CEO Jim Hackett has told employees that they will continue their commitment to law enforcement as he doesn’t think it’s “controversial that the Ford Police Interceptor helps officers do...

Niki McGloster

Jul 10, 2020