I’ve debated posting this all day. Today, I wanted to share the story of a powerful Black female engineer. I talk about space and #womeninstem and I want to share the voices of #badass Black scientists. But when I woke up this morning, I was unsure what the right move was.
The #blackouttuesday photos are silencing the Black community, not making them heard. While it came from a good place, it turned into something it was not intended to be. .
I believe it’s possible to take time to reflect on yourself and also have an active social media presence to share Black voices. “Silence is violence even when it’s trendy” - @moemotivate .
So today, I will not be posting a black square. I will not stop sharing the Black voices we need to be listening to or learning from. I will not be silent in this fight. .
Let me share with you the story of @nasa first Black female engineer - Mary Jackson. Without her, we would not have made it to the Moon before Russia.
She worked tirelessly through college, earning straight A’s and TWO degrees in math and physics. In 1951, she began working at @nasa_langley performing calculations for the white, male engineers. .
After proving her talent, she was encouraged to take engineering courses to be promoted from a “computer” to an engineer. .
After being granted permission to integrate into the white classroom, she excelled in all of her coursework, and then became NASA’s first Black female engineer.
She was described as a “gentlelady, wife and mother, humanitarian and scientist.”
For Mary, science and service went hand in hand. She wanted to ensure there would be many more women to follow behind her after she left Langley. She served in multiple different capacities after her time at NASA until she passed away in 2005.
Nearly 70 years after her start at Langley, we still face racial injustices like she endured. She devoted her life to serving others, paving the way for a better future, and empowering those around her. We must do the same. .
Devote your life to serving others. .
Pave the way for a better future.
Empower those around you to stand up and make a change. .
Don’t be silent in this fight. - 36 minutes ago