Black History Showcase2021-03-30T18:04:53+00:00

Background

Black History Month was started by Carter G. Woodson and was first celebrated in 1926. The purpose of Black History Month is to highlight the contributions that Black People had on American History, which is significant. Nationally, Black History Month is celebrated with parades, cultural programs, and many other extravaganzas. Although the month of February is recognized as the official “Black History Month”, Black history should be celebrated year-round!

Background

Celebrating Black Inventors

Marie Van Brittan Brown
Home Security System, 1966

Marie Van Brittan Brown was a Black nurse and inventor who held degrees from Harrison College, University of Phoenix, and DeVry University. Brown was known for inventing the Home Security System in 1966. She passed away in February of 1999.

Marie Van Brittan Brown

Dr. Marian Croak
VOIP, 1973

Dr. Marian Croak is a Black engineer who received degrees from both University of Southern California and Princeton University, and spent her career working on ground breaking technology. Dr Croak currently works as the Vice President of Engineering at Google. She invented the Voice Over Internet Protocol in 1973.

Dr. Marian Croak

Mark Dean
Colored Computer Monitor, 1980s

Mark Dean is a Black inventor and Computer Engineer who holds degrees from University of Tennessee, Stanford University, and Florida Atlantic University. Dean is responsible for inventing the colored computer monitor in the 1980’s.

Colored Computer Monitor, 1980s

Antiracism Resources:

Books

How to be an Antiracist

“How to be an Antiracist”
by Ibram Kendi

I'm Still Here

“I'm Still Here”
by Austin Channing Brown

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”
by Ibram Kendi & Jason Reynolds

Podcasts

Code-Switch

“Code-Switch”
by NPR

Revisionist History

“Revisionist History”
by Gladwell

The Anti-racism Daily Podcast

“The Anti-Racism Daily Podcast”
by Nicole Gardoza

women

Ways to Support People of Color:

1

Take the initiative to educate yourself

2

Support Black-owned businesses

3

Use your privilege to amplify the voices of the people of color around you

Watch our complete Black History Month presentation here!

Presented by our DEI expert, Taylor McElwain

Upcoming events/ Recognized Months:

March: Women’s History Month Email Campaign
March 8th: International Women’s Day
April 23rd: National Day of Silence
May: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish American History Month
June: LGBTQ+ Pride Month , Immigrant Heritage Month
September: Latinx History Month
November: Native American Heritage Month

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