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Benjamin Banneker – Black History Month

Benjamin Banneker is best known as the first black astronomer in the US, but was also an almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer. He paved the way for modern astronomers like Neil deGrasse Tyson (Director of the Hayden Planetarium) and Harvey Washington Banks (First African American to receive his PhD in Astronomy). Education Education at the time was not… Read More Benjamin Banneker – Black History Month

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Bessie Coleman- Black History Month

Bessie Coleman the first woman of African-American descent and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license as well. Early Life Bessie Coleman was born in 1892, in Texas to George Coleman, who was mostly Cherokee and part African-American, and Susan Coleman, who was African-American. She would go through great lengths to get an… Read More Bessie Coleman- Black History Month

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John W. Thompson – Black History Month

Mr. John W. Thompson, is best known as the second chairman of Microsoft and the first African-American in that position. He was also the CEO of Symantec until his retirement in 2009. Education Thompson received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida A&M University (1971) and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management (1983). Career Thompson… Read More John W. Thompson – Black History Month

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Euphemia Lofton Haynes- Black History Month

Euphemia Lofton Haynes became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1943. She was the first woman to chair the DC School Board, and was central to the integration of the DC public schools. Education After graduating from M St. High School in 1907 and Miner Normal School in 1909, Haynes went… Read More Euphemia Lofton Haynes- Black History Month

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George Carruthers – Black History Month

George Carruthers is an African-American inventor, physicist, and space scientist, best known for creating inventions such as the ultraviolet camera, or spectograph, which was used by NASA in the 1972 Apollo 16 flight. Education As one of only a handful of African-Americans competing in Chicago’s high school science fairs, he won three awards, including first prize for a telescope that… Read More George Carruthers – Black History Month

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Alexa Canady – Black History Month

Dr. Alexa Canady is considered one of the many black woman game changers in STEM! She is best known as the first woman and  African-American neurosurgeon in 1980. She would dedicate her life to pedriatic patients in several states until she retired in 2001. Education Canady was raised in Lansing, Michigan, where she and her brother… Read More Alexa Canady – Black History Month