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Quotes: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 16, 2013 Leave a comment

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Marian Wright Edelman, Lawyer, Children’s Advocate, Author, Activist (1939)

March 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Born in Bennettsville, South Carolina, in 1939, Marian Wright Edelman‘s list of titles and achievements is extensive.  Ms. Edelman’s titles include lawyer, educator, activist, reformer, children’s advocate, author, and much more. These are some of her accomplishments:  Read more…

Quotes: Marian Wright Edelman

February 28, 2013 1 comment

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

~Marian Wright Edelman, from Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change


Mae C. Jemison, Astronaut (1956)

October 24, 2011 4 comments

Mae C. Jemison, Astronaut, Professor and  Entrepreneur (October 17, 1956- ), was the first African-American woman admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program.

On September 12, 1992, following one year of training, Dr. Jemison became the first African-American woman in space onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission STS-47. Read more…

David Blackwell, Mathematician, Author and Game Theorist (1919)

July 30, 2011 Leave a comment

David Harold Blackwell (April 24, 1919–July 8, 2010), a mathematician, author and game theorist, entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at age 16 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematics at age 22.

Also of note:

  • Calyampudi Radhakrishna Rao and David Blackwell formulated what has come to be known as the Rao–Blackwell Theorem in Statistics
  • in 1965, he was the first African-American inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, an honor society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research for the furtherance of science and technology for humanity
  • he was the first black tenured faculty member at University of California, Berkeley
  • he authored the textbook Basic Statistics, which was published in 1969
  • he was awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize in 1979
  • in 2002, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, and Cornell University established the Blackwell-Tapia Award in honor of David Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, distinguished mathematical scientists who have been inspirations to more than a generation of African-American and Hispanic-American students and professionals in the mathematical sciences1
  • Lastly, the following quote has been attributed to David Blackwell:

I’ve worked in so many areas—I’m sort of a dilettante. Basically, I’m not interested in doing research and I never have been. I’m interested in understanding, which is quite a different thing. And often to understand something you have to work it out yourself because no one else has done it.2

External Links:

  1. David Blackwell (Bellevue College)
  2. Arlie Petters receives first Blackwell-Tapia Prize

Quoted References:

  1. Who Are The Greatest Black Mathematicians?
  2. David Blackwell @ Wikipedia

Further References:

  1. Rao-Blackwell Theorem @ Scholarpedia
  2. National Academy of Sciences:  About the NAS

Marie Van Brittan Brown, Inventor (1922)

July 4, 2011 2 comments

At the time of this writing, not much biographical information could be gathered about Marie Van Brittan Brown (October 30, 1922-February 2, 1999)1, unfortunately. Notwithstanding, she has been credited for:

  • inventing, with her partner, Albert Brown,2 the “home security system utilizing television surveillance,”3 (the forerunner to the modern home security system)
  • receiving United States Patent No. 3482037 in 1969 for the invention4

External Links:

  1. Marie Van Brittan Brown: Home Security Inventions
  2. African-American Inventors & Inventions: African Women Inventors
  3. The Significance of the Burglar Alarm |
  5. Marie Van Brittan Brown @ Wikipedia
  6. US Black Engineer & IT – Google Books (Google Books search)
  7. Black Inventions In Daily Life by Matt Montague (US Black Engineer & IT)


  1. Marie Van Brittan Brown @ Wikipedia
  2. Marie Van Brittan Brown: Home Security Inventions
  4. ibid.
  5. African-American Inventors & Inventions: African Women Inventors
  6. The Significance of the Burglar Alarm |