MY HERO Celebrates Black History with this feature on African American Heroes in the Sciences
Particularly for young people, it's important to see diverse role models in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which has historically had low numbers of minorities and women. Because of the reprehensible legacy of slavery, which denied African Americans their human rights, African Americans were generally denied access to education systematically. This fight took a turning point in the 20th century, with Brown vs. the Board of Education, which ended the "separate but equal" policy of segregating school children. However, the effort to level the playing field and encourage more minorities and women to enter STEM fields continues.
For Black History Month, we celebrate the African American heroes in science: scientists, engineers, mathematicians, inventors and innovators.
Natural/Pure Sciences | Physical Science
Clifford V. Johnson is a string theorist who studies the makeup of the smallest particles of the universe.
Natural/Pure Sciences | Life Science
Marie Daly fell in love with biology reading about microbes in her grandfather's library. She became the first African American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry.
Applied Sciences | Medicine
The first Surgeon General for the state of California, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a pioneer in the treatment of toxic stress and the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness.
Madam C.J. Walker was an inventor, businesswoman and philanthropist. She used her business success to fight discrimination and open doors for others.
Organizer created on 1/27/2019 9:04:07 PM by MY HERO Staff
Last edited 2/13/2019 11:52:28 AM by Xenia Shin