Kevin Young, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Clyde W. Ford, and Amthyst Kiah
Live Wire with Luke Burbank
This week Live Wire celebrates Black History Month with groundbreaking Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who reminds us of the power in self-belief; New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young on his love of Jack Johnson, Prince, and pork; writer Clyde W. Ford, whose book Think Black outlines his father's experience as the first black software engineer in America; and a powerhouse performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah.
Clyde W. Ford on THINK BLACK: a memoir about the first Black software engineer
Hanselminutes with Scott Hanselman
Engineer and author Clyde W. Ford talks THINK BLACK: a memoir about his father, the first Black software engineer in America. Clyde is the award-winning author of twelve works of fiction and non-fiction, whose most recent book, THINK BLACK: A Memoir explores his relationship with his father, and his father's relationship with America and technology during 30+ years with IBM.Buy the book Think Black: A MemoirThink Black from Harper Collins
In 1947, IBM CEO and Chairman Thomas J. Watson set out to find the best and brightest minds for his company. His search led him to find young accounting student John Stanley Ford, whom he hired to become IBM’s first black software engineer. But not all of the company’s white employees were willing to accept a black colleague, and many did everything in their power to humiliate, subvert, and undermine Ford. His son Clyde W. Ford—who followed in his footsteps to IBM two decades later—joined us at Town Hall with musings of his father’s journey in a thought-provoking memoir Think Black. Clyde presented a portrait of institutional racism at IBM then and now, offering accounts interwoven of his own experiences interwoven with stories of his father’s tenacity, dignity, and professionalism. With heartbreaking honesty, Clyde related how his father’s career came at great emotional cost to himself and his family—how he was overlooked for deserved promotions, and how his hiring was meant to distract from IBM’s dubious business practices including its involvement in the Holocaust, eugenics, and apartheid. Listen in for Clyde’s unflinching account of one family’s struggle against discrimination in the world of tech, and the subtle yet daring ways Clyde’s father had fought back. Clyde W. Ford is the author of thirteen works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a psychotherapist and accomplished mythologist. He has participated in hundreds of media interviews and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, New Dimensions Radio, and National Public Radio. Ford is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award in African American Fiction. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the 2019 Homecoming Festival. Recorded live in The Forum on September 22, 2019.
"The Last Laugh" with Josh Gondelman, Clyde W. Ford, Alex Borsuk & Kaytlyn Gerbin, and The Lowest Pair
Live Wire with Luke Burbank
Host Luke Burbank recounts how a garter snake got “The Last Laugh” when it refused to leave his dining room; comedian Josh Gondelman attempts to be a nice guy in the competitive world of comedy; author Clyde W. Ford reflects on his father’s career as the first black software engineer in the nation; endurance athletes Alex Borsuk and Kaytlyn Gerbin discuss how they broke a record by conquering Mount Rainier’s Infinity Loop; and Americana duo The Lowest Pair perform “Rosie” from their album “The Sacred Heart Sessions.”
LIVE AT ALA: Editors Unedited: Editor Tracy Sherrod with Author Clyde W. Ford
The Library Love Fest Podcast
This episode of Editors Unedited was recorded live on the ALA 2019 show floor. In this episode, Tracy Sherrod, Editorial Director at Amistad, interviews Clyde W. Ford, author of THINK BLACK, coming out on September 17, 2019.