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First Black woman to drive a truck for Walmart looks back at her career

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First Black woman to drive a truck for Walmart looks back at her career

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Ivery Stokes made history as Walmart’s first Black woman truck driver.

It all started when Ivery Stokes was accompanying her husband, a truck driver, to work one day. He asked her to drive his truck and It was in that moment that Stokes discovered her passion, beginning a journey that would make her the first Black woman to drive a truck for Walmart.

“I never drove a truck a day in my life. Never. He said, ‘Come on, get up, I’m going to get up and put you in the seat,'” said Stokes. 

After taking the wheel for the first time, she enrolled in truck driving school. 

She started her career in Cullman, Alabama where she drove trucks for five years before making the move to LaGrange, Georgia. 

“That’s where I stayed for the remaining six years and they gave me a lot of opportunities,” said Stokes. 

Opportunities like going to the White House and receiving the Ron Brown Award and being on…

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