There are corporate brands that listen and subsequently take action, and then there are those that ignore and continue their ancient course, which is devoid of inclusiveness and equal opportunities. GM sat down with my BAMG partners and me to discuss new pathways to increase the resources required for Black media and publishers to expand our reach. With that, we have now formed a third HBCU internship between the good faculty folks at Clark Atlanta University and the powers that be at GM. This is now BAMG’s 3rd such partnership which first kicked off with Ford and Howard U and then Audi and Lincoln University PA. So far, I’ve enjoyed teaching 30 students, along with partner Greg Morrison, about our experiences as Black men and creators in the Auto Industry. The goal is to forge as many unions as possible to increase workforce opportunities and mentorships for our Black students who typically do not receive the same opportunities as mainstream America.
Yet, additional work needs to be accomplished. Overall, the auto industry needs an overhaul; this is inclusive of all brands, not one particular automaker. With that, I believe listening to one another allows divergent platitudes to be divulged to the public, which will ultimately precipitate the needed change our industry clamors for, and what Black media has been fighting since the beginning. The flames to the fire must be kept burning at high temps because much more is required to match the financial dedication Black consumers contribute to automakers’ bottom lines.
So thank you, GM, for the partnership!