In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, I started the hashtag: #todayinblackSTEM. This project was as much about highlighting others' accomplishments as it was about self-discovery. On one hand, this opened my eyes to the countless stories of relentless persistence of blacks in STEM fields. On the other hand, it made me deeply concerned about the countless missed opportunities of untapped talent.
So I looked into a resource that I knew I could count on to reaffirm my hopes for more diversity in STEM: TED. "TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world." Like me, TED believes in "the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world." #todayinblackSTEM is definitely worth spreading, not only in February, but all year long.
Here are 30+ TED Talks by blacks in STEM (and STEAM!) who have set out to change their part of the world...
Click here to view my TED-Ed lesson with Richard's talk.
This post is dedicated to trailblazers and truth talkers, those as hidden figures and those in the spotlight.