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So little is known about African American achievements in science despite significant contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). This work dates as far back as America’s colonial and antebellum periods. In recent years, audiences marveled at the Hollywood movie Hidden Figures that exposed the unknown, but critically important role of African American female mathematicians like Katherine Johnson to America’s space race. Our History: African Americans in Science presents a unique opportunity to gain important insights from three of the nation’s top African American scientists. CBS correspondent Michelle Miller is joined in discussion with the former President and CEO of the Aerospace Corporation, Dr. Wanda Austin; Brown University theoretical physicist, Dr. Sylvester James “Jim” Gates; and mathematician and President of the University of Maryland, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, as they talk about their groundbreaking lives and careers. This animated discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers ScienceMakers Advisory Committee. Check out this inside look into these increasingly growing and important fields. Also learn why it is so important that the world know these untold stories and accomplishments of black people in science.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube at 12:00 noon EST on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 as the ninth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Advisory Board

Image of Wayne Bowen 
Wayne Bowen 
Chair, Molecular Pharmacology,
Physiology & Biotechnology 
Brown University 
Image of Sylvia T. Bozeman 
Sylvia T. Bozeman 
Director, Scientific Applications
of Mathematics 
Spelman College 
Image of Billy Joe Evans 
Billy Joe Evans 
Professor Emeritus 
University of Michigan 
Image of Kevin T. Kornegay 
Kevin T. Kornegay 
Director, Cybersecurity
Assurance & Policy Center 
Morgan State University 
Image of Arlene Maclin 
Arlene Maclin 
President & CEO 
Novalink, Inc. 
Image of Ronald E. Mickens 
Ronald E. Mickens 
Distinguished Fuller E.
Callaway Professor 
Clark Atlanta University 
Image of Sekazi Mtingwa 
Sekazi Mtingwa 
Triangle Science, Education &
Economic Development, LLC 
Image of William A. Lester, Jr. 
William A. Lester, Jr. 
Professor, Department of Chemistry 
University of California, Berkeley 
Image of Warren M. Washington 
Warren M. Washington 
National Center for Atmospheric Research 



Date and Time

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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