April 10, 2022

Thoughts from Clyde Ford

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This week is a special joint presentation with Free Church Unitarian, Blaine. We welcome Clyde W. Ford, who won the Washington Center for the Book award in 2021 for his memoir, THINK BLACK, about his father, the first black software engineer in America. That book was a meditation on race, technology and social justice. Ford followed up THINK BLACK with OF BLOOD AND SWEAT: BLACK LIVES AND THE MAKING OF WHITE POWER AND WEALTH, which will be released by HarperCollins on April 5, 2022. Today, Ford speaks not only about what he learned from writing a memoir about his father but also about the historical role that black men and women have played in creating the fabric of America without benefiting in return.

Racial inequalities are not just among the “common man”, in our neighborhoods & schools. They have always existed and still do... in our industries, our businesses, where fame and fortune abound. But where is the fame and fortune for the black men and women who have played an important role in our history?