February is Black History Month and in honor of that, MakerBridge is highlighting some wonderful black makers, groups, and resources. We’ve talked about the lack of minority representation in the mainstream maker movement before (see our Diversity in Making and Ada Lovelace Day: Women in Maker Culture posts) and we hope this list helps highlight the significant involvement of African-Americans to the Maker Movement.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, so please feel free to contribute names and/or links of additional Black makers (past and present) that aren’t listed here to us on twitter, @makerbridge, or in the comments below!
Black Girls Code: We’ve talked about Black Girls Code before but they’re awesome, so we’re mentioning them again! BGC aims to give young and pre-teen girls of color the opportunity to learn coding and other technology skills.
All Star Code: All Star Code is a new, NYC based non-profit that seeks to educate young black men for careers in the technology sector.
Code2040: Code2040 works to increase the representation of underrepresented minorties, especially Blacks and Latinos, in the technology industry by placing Black and Latino/a engineering students in internships with technology companies.
AkiraChix: AkiraChix is an organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that works to empower and increase the number of women in the technology industry in Africa through training and mentorship.
Liberating Ourselves Locally (LOL): LOL founded the Oakland Makerspace in East Oakland. LOL provides a safe place where anyone in the community (people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, women, and youth) can go, to make, tinker, build, and teach, regardless of their socio-economic status.
National Society of Black Engineers: NSBE is a non-profit, national student organization that is committed to increasing the number of academically and professionally successful Black engineers in America and across the world.
Faith Ringold: is an American artist who is most famous for her painted story quilts. Follow the link (http://www.makers.com/faith-ringgold) to see her video profile on Makers!
Kimberly Bryant: Kimberly Bryant is the awesome founder of Black Girls Code, and will be speaking at the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) President’s Program at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in June!!! (note: We’re very excited about this!)
Issa Rae – Issa is a producer, writer, and director who is most famous for her YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl”, which by the way, is HILARIOUS!
Bold and Beautiful: African American Masterworks from the Collection: Through March 16th, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is showing an exhibit of art in which all the pieces were created by African-American artists.
BlackFemaleCoders: A tumblr blog that focuses on black women who code!
Black Creativity Innovation Studio: The Innovation Studio is a makerspace at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The Black Creativity program pairs making with highlighting the contributions of African-Americans to STEM fields.
Image Credit: “Black Girls CODE” by Flickr user BlackGirlsCode