Emeline King, Ford’s First Black Female Transportation Designer, Releases New Autobiography Detailing Her Journey as a Trailblazer in Auto Industry

“I was about 5, and my father bought me a wonder horse,” said Emeline King.

That horse was a mustang – and who would have thought that years later, another Mustang would be Emeline King’s claim to fame.

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It was King who designed the 1994 Ford Mustang interior.

“It also won car of the year,” she said.

Emeline King was Ford’s first Black woman designer – hired in 1983. She also worked on the 1989 Thunderbird – the wheel program, the 2000 Thunderbird, and designed cars in Europe.

It was a dream she had had since she was a little girl, when her dad – Earnest King – a fabrication specialist at Ford, took her to the company Christmas party at the Design Center.

“He said in order to get behind those blue doors – first of all, you have to be a transportation designer because there are men who sit behind these doors and they design cars,” she said.

Right then, she knew she would join them.

“So I made a promise that day, I must have been about 11 that there were three things I was going to do,” she said. “And number one was to become a transportation designer – the second was to work there at the Ford Motor Company – and the third was to work there with my biggest mentor of all – my father.”

A Cass Tech graduate, she went to Wayne State University – the College for Creative Studies and then the Art Center College of Design in California.

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SOURCE: FOX 2 Detroit, Amy Lange and David Komer

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