Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Capt. David Harris

It is with heavy hearts that the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) acknowledges the passing of Retired Captain David E. Harris, a true pioneer and trailblazer in the aviation industry. Dave Harris, born on December 22, 1934, in Columbus, Ohio, not only shattered racial barriers but also paved the way for generations of aspiring…

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Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison Selected as Executive Director of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) proudly announces the selection of Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison as its new Executive Director. She will assume her role effective April 1. With 47 years of distinguished professional aviation and business experience, including 30 years in leadership roles, Vanessa brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for driving positive…

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OBAP Responds to Unfounded Claims Questioning the Qualifications of Black Commercial Pilots

We write this letter representing the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), a distinguished institution with a rich history spanning nearly 50 years in advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the aviation industry. We represent the thousands of members: pilots, flight attendants, engineers, aircraft maintenance technicians, and other aerospace professionals, who worked tirelessly to…

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American Airlines Continues its Efforts to Diversify the Flight Deck With a $1.5 Million Donation to the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

American will provide $750,000 as a resource grant and $250,000 for scholarships to OBAP’s Luke Weathers Flight Academy An additional $250,000 per year over the next two years will be provided for scholarships American Airlines extended job offers to 45 diverse aviators at OBAPs 46th Annual Conference (Left to Right) American CEO Robert Isom, Luke Weathrs…

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Pamela Williams Takes on New Role at United Aviate

Pamela Williams joins United Aviate Academy from Amazon, where she served as Senior Program Manager – Executive Development. In this position, Pam created and implemented training programs for managers while participating in and conducting needs analysis, skills development classes, and leadership training for over 200 managers. Prior to Amazon, Pam spent 32 years at FedEx…

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Onward and Upward

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” -Maya Angelou As I make my exit as the chair of the OBAP Board of Directors, this quote from Maya Angelou could not ring more true for me. As a little black girl growing up in the shadow of the…

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Our Position on Racial Inequality

New York, New York - November 12, 2016: Protester carrying a "Black Lives Matter" sign while marching in a "Trump is not my President" rally in response to the 2016 Presidential Election of Donald Trump in New York City in 2016.

Today, we draw on the strength of our founders to harness our collective power, influence, and the voice of our membership to champion changes that will benefit our industry, our communities, and this nation.

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A Message from the Board Chair Regarding COVID-19

Members, As you are aware, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which initially started in Wuhan, China in December 2019, is currently spreading across the United States. We are also aware there have been questions regarding the status of our upcoming Spring Meeting and Networking Event, April 10, 2020. Based on conversations, we are continuing with…

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