Last month, in a Brew story about a big honor for the African American studies program at at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, a student recalled learning about trailblazing scientist and inventor Valerie M. Thomas.
The Morgan State University graduate went on to have a trailblazing career at NASA, where she invented technology that led to the development of 3-D imaging.
Now 78 and retired, Thomas spoke with Oprah Daily recently about the work she’s doing now and the impact she’s had countering the bias and stereotypes that have traditionally held women and minorities back from careers in science.
As a girl, Thomas told the interviewer, “I got the indirect hint: Electronics is not for girls. Go sew with your mother, or do hair like your mother.”
It’s worth a read:
And so is this release from Baltimore City Public Schools with more about Poly being selected by the College Board to help refine the Advanced Placement African American Studies course being rolled out nationwide in 2023.