OBAP and FedEx – Delivering Dreams, Together!
The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) celebrated its 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair Exhibition in a historical way. This year’s convention was held in conjunction with nine other black aviation groups for a “co-convention.” It was the largest gathering of black aviation professionals ever and FedEx was a proud sponsor! Among those in attendance were some original Tuskegee Airmen and George Lucas, producer of the hit movie “Red Tails,” a story that chronicles the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen!
The co-conventions were held at the Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas and its unifying theme was “Honoring Our Past – Ensuring Our Future.” Each group held its own workshops and sessions but united for special events to honor the past and present. FedEx not only sponsored workshops on interviewing skills and professional development, but we also sponsored a youth luncheon. “It’s important for our youth to know that without people like Bessie Coleman, “Chief” Alfred Anderson and the original Tuskegee Airmen there might not been an opportunity for Carol Waters to be the first African American pilot hired for FedEx, or for the thousands who have flown as military pilots, navigators and crewmembers for the various armed forces to have that opportunity,” says Albert Glenn, OBAP Chairman and FedEx Captain. “It’s vitally important that we impart history and legacy that has brought us from the pioneering days of Eugene Bullard during World War I and Coleman in the 1920s to today,” says Vanessa Blacknall Jamison, IBAC Vice Chair and Managing Director. Albert added, “we’re all about inspiring, educating and promoting the next generation of aerospace professionals while keeping alive the legacy of those who have pioneered the way forward.”
By the way, the FedEx booth in the Exhibition Hall was the busiest of anybody’s. And even during a breakout session with FedEx Air Operations VP Jim Gorman and Systems Chief Pilot Bill McDonald, it was standing room only! Way to go FedEx!