Black History Month has ALWAYS been a year for me.

Here’s what I remember…

  • I remember my first black history performance in first grade as Rosa Parks – in October (DCPS didn’t play games back then)
  • I remember my participation in the Brown vs. Board of Education when I reenacted Chief Justice Warren/Vinson.
  • I remember my mother dressing me up and taking me to the Smithsonian for their various monthly activities they had when I was growing up.
It was never about the MONTH – always about the culture!

 

One frosty day in November 97 was when it finally hit me that I wanted to be in technology.

I was a 10 year old from Northwest DC walking through the campus of NASA surrounded by people who looked just like me and my mama!

It was then, I watched the feed of Dr. Mae Jemison make history as the first African-American woman to travel in space.
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I realized in that moment,  that not only do men play a huge part in the space explorations and expeditions, but so do the women in the front, behind, and the middle!
So, who is telling the story of these women…. enter ‘Hidden Figures‘.
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I got the chance to check out Hidden Figures courtesy of AT&T – along with thousands of students in the U.S.

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This month, AT&T sponsored Middle and High School girls in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Oakland to free screenings of the #1 box office hit, “Hidden Figures.”

AT&T committed $25,000 to rent out buses and theaters for public school girls across the country to see the film.

“Hidden Figures” tells the true story of Katherine Goble Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson—3 black women working as mathematicians at NASA during the Space Race of the 1960s. Against the backdrop of civil rights, these women were critical in the mission that launched astronaut John Glenn into space.

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Beyond the opportunity to view this incredible movie, students also got to hear from tech experts, policy makers and not-so-hidden figures black women executives from AT&T after the viewings.

It’s not AT&T’s first time working with women and women of color in technology. They routinely collaborate with groups like Black Girls Code,  Girls Who Code, and Step Up Women’s Network.

Today more than 17,000 women work directly in STEM-related jobs at AT&T! Kudos to them!

AT&T is committed to its annual Black History program, 28 Days and giving back to the community in the support of STEM education. Learn more about the initiative here.