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Robert Ford

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note: Robert Ford, a Greensboro businessman, became a pioneer in the employment of African Americans in Greensboro when he employed a black foreman and North Carolina A&T students in his machine shop during the 1950s. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) took interest and asked Ford to join their Merit Employment Program. He later served as chairman of the AFSC's hearings in Guilford County and chairman of the education committee, which fought for school desegregation. Ford and his wife, both Catholic, also regularly hosted underprivileged children and foreign students in their Greensboro home.

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Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Robert Ford by William Chafe
Date: June 17, 1977
By: Robert Ford
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This June 17, 1977, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with Robert Ford documents Ford’s work for equality in employment and education through the American Friends Service Committee ...