Black History Month + Data Science

Updated: Mar 18

February 2022


We're celebrating Black History Month! Help us honor and remember the indelible contributions and sacrifices of African Americans that shape our nation and its history by viewing the resources we gathered below.

 

Learn about the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard, scholar and pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois, his powerful and groundbreaking data visualizations. By conducting ethnographic field work and statistical analysis in 1900, Du Bois expanded the possibilities of visualizing empirical data, while contextualizing the realities of African Americans' experiences and revealing institutionalized racism to the world. His methodologies were far ahead of his time, and his work is as impactful and compelling today as it was over a century ago.



"At the 1900 Paris Exposition, an all African-American team lead by scholar and activist W.E.B. Du Bois sought to challenge and recontextualize the perception of African-Americans at the dawn of the 20th-century. In less than 5 months, his team conducted sociological research and hand-made more than 60 large data visualization posters for a massive European audience which ultimately awarded Du Bois a gold medal for his efforts. While relatively obscure until recently, the ramification of his landmark work remains challenging and especially important in light of the Black Lives Matter movement."



 

Short Wave Celebrates Black Excellence In Science

NPR's Short Wave takes a moment to highlight just a few of the many incredible black scientists featured so far on the show. View their bios along with links to the episodes they appear in.

 

9 Black Women in Data Science You Should Know

Olusayo Adeleye & Funke Aderonmu of the Sadie Collective compiled a list of nine Black women data scientists to know.

 

Data science takes on racial bias

As part of the Stanford University School of Engineering Engineering for All Video Series, a group of scholars discuss how medicine, artificial intelligence, criminology, and other fields can better understand and anticipate bias and the ways it manifests in society.

 

How TIME Re-created the 1963 March on Washington in Virtual Reality

Learn how the visual-effects studio Digital Domain captured the expressions, movements and spirit of King, so that he could appear digitally in The March, a virtual reality experience that TIME has produced in partnership with the civil rights leader’s estate.

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