Re.engineer Magazine - Winter 2022

"DO NOT ALLOW YOUR MIND TO BE IMPRISONED BY MAJORITY THINKING. REMEMBER THAT THE LIMITS OF SCIENCE ARE NOT THE LIMITS OF IMAGINATION.” D R . P A T R I C I A B A T H

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

ALICIA WASHINGTON

The month of February has been deemed Black History Month in the United States . The origin dates as far back as 1926 in the US when Negro History Week was established by Carter G . Woodson to celebrate the achievements of Black people as a race and dispel the myth that Black people did not positively contribute to the growth of the United States as a country . Since it ’ s inception , Black History Month has also been recognized in Canada ( February ), The United Kingdom ( October ) and Ireland ( October ). During Black History Month , we pause to remember and celebrate people and events in the history of the African diaspora . It is a time to reflect on and appreciate the growth of nations when the human race embraces diversity of cultures and inclusion of all mankind . Science , technology , engineering , & mathematics ( STEM ) is one of the fastest - growing fields , but it is underscored by racial disparities . Black scientists , technologists , engineers and mathematicians have changed the world significantly throughout history . From space exploration and scientific discoveries , to tech innovations and more , there are countless Black heroes in STEM whose work has shaped our lives .

During the month of Feburary , we committed to " Honoring Our Legacy and Empowering the Future " by celebrating historical black professionals in STEM and giving flowers to those who are still practitioners within the discipline . It is projected that in the next thirty years members of racial and ethnic minority groups will account for the majority of America ’ s population . Today , however , they account for just twenty - eight percent of America ’ s STEM workers . We know that for America to remain competitive in a global economy , we need to do all we can to draw upon the nation ’ s diverse talent pool , which includes historically underrepresented groups in STEM . In Re . engineer ' s spirit of collaboration , we asked our community of nearly 3 , 000 subscribers and followers to nominate worthy Black figures in STEM to be highlighted during Black History Month . It is with great pleasure that we share this collaboration with the world . Please join us in celebrating our everyday heroes , past , present , and future , for their determination , pride , and innovative approaches to problem solving . We were truly honored to share their stories !

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