From December 2 through December 20, NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin engaged with black leaders and entrepreneurs in science and technology through our “Day in the Life” Twitter series, #NPRBlacksinTech
. We heard from cutting edge scientists and tech thinkers about the work they’re doing in their fields. Despite this vibrant community, African-Americans still only represent 5 percent of America’s scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.
We met some of the folks who make up that 5 percent during the #NPRBlacksinTech
discussion, and asked them what can be done about the disparity. Michel Martin of NPR’s Tell Me More will get answers to that and other questions in a Google + Hangout on Air on December 17.
She’ll be joined by Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University; Danielle Lee, biologist and founder of the blog The Urban Scientist; Mark Luckie, Manager of Journalism and Media at Twitter and Christine Johnson, Founder of DiversiTech.
Most importantly, we want to hear from you. Send us your questions on twitter using #NPRBlacksinTech
or leave them on this page. We want to hear your opinions on the series, why you think African-Americans are under-represented in science and technology and what steps need to be taken to change that.