The Ford African Ancestry Network (FAAN) recently participated in a video, which highlighted Black History Month. During the video, various chapter members answered questions related to the topic and their own perceptions of culture and historical moments.
When asked what culture meant to her, Myra Taylor, Dimensional Engineering Manager, Transit Body said, “To me, culture is all encompassing. It involves our mindset, our upbringings and our influences. All of these things come together to make up our own ‘uniqueness’, and that is what I find beautiful.”
With February marking the celebration of Black History Month, another feature question was, ‘What do you think of when you reflect on ancestors or those who came before you and the challenges they might have faced in the past?’
“When I think of those who came before me, I think of trail-blazers,” said Derrison Palea, Supervisor Transit Paint. “I think about tenacity, internal fortitude and resiliency. I reflect on the ability to adapt and overcome obstacles and adversity that they might have faced on a day-to-day basis. I think that is a strong thing to understand as we create tomorrow.”
While it highlighted important topics of inspirational leaders, the video also helped bring awareness to the establishment of the FAAN group at KCAP, adding how it can be a resource to employees. “I think the program provides us with an opportunity to network,” said Tracy Sears-Brown, Production Supervisor, F-150 CAL Line. “It expands our social circles. It provides us with a sense of camaraderie and gives us a chance to mentor new employees. It allows us a chance to enrich the group and share ideas on building our chapter.”