Black History Month

This years theme: Black Health and Wellness

Black History month is a time of remembrance, a time to honor the enduring accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, chose this year's theme: Black Health and Wellness. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well. In order to foster good health and wellness Black people have embarked on self-determination, mutual aid and social support initiatives to build hospitals, medical and nursing schools (i.e. Meharry Medical College, Howard University College of Medicine, Provident Hospital and Training School, Morehouse School of Medicine, etc.) and community clinics.

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.   

The following are a few of the many African American scientists, engineers, doctors and mathematicians whose work led to game-changing discoveries and inventions. Rebecca Lee Crumpler first Black woman physician in the United States. George Washington Carver first African American to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, he was an agricultural scientist and inventor who developed hundreds of products using peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans.  Charles Drew, M.D., Dr. Marie M. Daly, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and super-STEM hero Mae Jemison, who spent a decade in private practice and then taught as a research physician with the Peace Corps, and in 1992 she became the first Black astronaut to fly a mission.

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: