Friday, December 7, 2018

A One-One-One Rewind With The Pioneering Black Car Designer Whom Was Rejected By All Of The Major Design Schools

While most designers of his era got their formal training at the mainstream design schools, this was not the case for our guest. During the 60s, he was rejected by every general population design school he applied to. However, this did not keep Ed Welburn, who went on to become the highest ranking Black global auto executive and car designer in the industry, from pursing his dream. Howard University, a HBCU, was the only school that accepted him. Not only did they  accept him, the HBCU literally designed, no pun intended, a special program specifically for the gifted artist. While attending Howard University some of Welburn's now famous classmates happened to be Roberta Flack,
Donny Hathaway, Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad.

Here's a youthful photo of Ed Wlburn.(photo source:

Join us as Welburn, who made billions of dollars for General Motors and millions for many of their car dealers and vendors, as a result of his creativity, vision and leadership, talks about his career highs and lows, as well as the private moment he spent with President Obama that literally put the Secret Service on alert.  This conversation was conducted in 2016, a month out from his retirement.

Jeff and pioneering car designer Ed Welburn (photo source: 

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Welburn with a Buick concept car. (photo source: GM)

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