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Against Institutional Racism: "Think Black"

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Clyde Ford in the 60s, just before he started at IBM.

John Stanley Ford was extremely pleased to be hired at IBM, where he was the company's first black software engineer.  And for a long time, the only black software engineer. 

Racism held Ford back and made him bitter, and ultimately affected his relationship with his son.  But Clyde Ford followed his father to work at IBM, albeit with a very different approach. 

Clyde Ford unfolds the story in his book Think Black.  He shares the story with us in this interview.  

 

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