We’re so excited to celebrate Black History Month with you this year! From now until the end of February, we will be highlighting innovations and achievements from Black and African American scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
While activists and individual communities have been celebrating Black History Month in some variation since the 1920s, Black History Month was first formally recognized by the federal government in 1976, when president Gerald Ford called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
We know the insights of our Black colleagues don’t always get the credit they deserve and how important it is to showcase role models for our students of color, especially in STEM fields, so we’re determined to do our part to increase the visibility of accomplishments of Black trailblazers. This is our commitment, not just this month, but year round.
As part of that commitment, we’re excited to bring you engaging lessons, real-world connections and more to celebrate Black History Month, including:
• Professional development resources for Black educators and administrators
• Names you should know of African American engineers for Engineering Week
• National Inventors Day & Girls and Women in Science Day, focusing on Black innovators
Plus, check out these great resources for learning more about organizations working to promote Black excellence in STEM!How are you celebrating Black History Month? What questions or insights do you have about providing support for your Black students and faculty? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments down below! Or, tag us on Twitter or Facebook using #EiECelebratesBlackHistory