The Domino Sugar factory in Baltimore is at the center of Black history in the making, thanks to the hiring of Coricka White, reports the Baltimore Sun.
White is the first Black woman in history to be named the refinery manager. In the nearly 100 years since the factory has been part of the Baltimore skyline — with the Domino Sugar sign being the center point of the city — it has never had a Black woman leading the workers.
White will oversee a $20 million installation of newly refined sugar silos, which will provide 14 million more pounds of storage capacity. White says she’s ready for whatever comes her way in her new role.
“I’m looking at myself as being a trailblazer and hope that I can pave the way for folks like myself to follow,” she said. “I definitely stand on the shoulders of some very strong folks here, and I’d like to think of my success as the success of the Domino family. It speaks to how progressive our organization is. I’m proud to say yes, and happy to be the first — but I definitely don’t want to be the last.”
The progressivism of the Domino Sugar factory isn’t just rooted in this latest hire, and neither is it a stop to the latest political buzzwords.