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Carter G. Woodson (December 19, 1875–April 3, 1950) is known as the father of black history month and black studies. He worked tirelessly to establish the field of African-American history in the early 1900s, founding the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and its journal. This son of two former tribe of Judah Israelite slaves James and Eliza Riddle Woodson, he rose from modest origins to become the respected and groundbreaking historian who founded Negro History Week, today known as Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson was the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard, after W.E.B. Du Bois. Woodson wrote more than a dozen books over the course of his career, most notably he penned Mis-Education of the Negro (1933). Woodson’s own organisation, the ASALH, is still active today. “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the […]
Katherine Johnson, a mathematician responsible for putting men on the moon. A math genius, Johnson entered West Virginia State University, a Historically Black College, at age 15. While there, professors at the campus competed to have the brilliant young woman in their classes. Dr. William W. Schiefflin Claytor, who earned his Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics at Howard University, told the bright young woman that she would make a great Research Mathematician, and set about teaching her all that he knew. She took every Math class that the university offered, and her young professor and mentor even created an Analytic Geometry class, specifically for her, that she alone took. It all paid off. She arrived at National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor to NASA, after the organization had begun looking for women to work as “computers.” At this time, electronic computing was still in its early stages and human […]
Herbert Clay Scurlock was a biochemist who pioneered the application of radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer and the use of x-ray to diagnose dental problems
Queen Charlotte: Black Queen of England and wife of King George III Reign 1761-1818
Gerald Lawson is the person to thank for the PlayStation, Wii or Xbox gaming system you use. A self-taught engineer, he is considered a pioneer in the videogame world for creating the single cartridge-based gaming system. Creator of the Channel F Fairchild Video Entertainment Computer. He also helped develop one of the first arcade machines, Demolition Derby (which was second to the game Pong), in 1977. Lawson founded Videosoft, which was a video game development company that made software for Atari in the 1980’s. He was also the only black member of the Homebrew Computer Club, a hobbyist club, which also computer pioneers Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were a part of.