Black History Month
In 1926 Carter G. Woodson, a historian and the “Father of Black History” created a weeklong celebration referred to as “Negro History Week”, the aim was to make African American history accessible to everyone. It wasn’t until 1976 that Black History month became a month-long celebration across the country.
Black History month is a time of remembrance, a time to honor the enduring accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans. It’s important to recognize Black history as an integral part of American history. This year’s theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.
The following are a few of the many African American scientists, engineers, and mathematicians whose work led to game-changing discoveries and inventions. George Washington Carver, Dr. Marie M. Daly, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and super-STEM hero Mae Jemison, who in 1992 was the first Black Astronaut to fly a mission and went on to become an engineer and physician!
Thanks to their pioneering work, accomplishments, and contributions these heroes paved the way for new generations of Black innovators in STEM. Learn about our current STEM role models by following twitter movements like #BlackinSTEM, #BlackinSTEMed, or any of the #BlackInX hashtags to learn about some of the Black scientists and educators who are making their mark on the world today.
To see how ITEST projects are inspiring the next generation of STEM innovators click on the resources below: