Emeline King, Ford’s first African American female car designer, is shining a spotlight on her groundbreaking career in an autobiography titled “What Do You Mean A Black Girl Can’t Design Cars? She Did It!”
A group from the Mustang Owners Museum, attending Woodward Dream Cruise week, organized a dinner where Bud Magaldi, the design chief for the 1994 Mustang, was the guest speaker.
To everyone’s surprise, Emeline King herself attended, sparking interest and prompting a closer look at her remarkable career.
Despite her significant contributions to Ford’s design portfolio, her story remained relatively unknown. The autobiography sheds light on her experiences, challenges, and achievements, emphasizing her role in designing the interior of the 1994 Ford Mustang, among other notable projects.
Raised in Detroit, Emeline King’s father, Earnest O. King, Sr., who worked as a Fabrication Specialist in Ford’s Design Center, played a crucial role in inspiring her passion for transportation design.
From childhood trips to auto shows to exposure to the creative process behind the scenes at Ford, Emeline’s journey was guided by her father’s mentorship and her determination to break gender stereotypes in the field.
For enthusiasts and those interested in Emeline King’s story, her autobiography is available for purchase on her website www.emelineking.com. Additionally, Emeline is open to book signings and club events, providing an opportunity for readers to connect with a true pioneer in the automotive design industry.