Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

On History and Technology. (Editor's Note)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

On History and Technology. (Editor's Note)

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At first, it seemed a bit daunting that the annual technology report would be combined with the second of our two Black History Month issues. After thinking about it for awhile, it became clear to me that we needed to look back to the contributions Black men and women have been making in technology since the founding of America.

Like most of you, I was familiar with the names Elijah McCoy, Garrett Morgan and Granville T. Woods. I knew these men had gained recognition for their accomplishments as inventors. What I learned in researching the cover story was that the full legacy of Black inventors represents a largely uncharted subject in American history.

During Black History Month, we are likely to read an article or listen to a "moments in Black History" radio spot that mentions the accomplishments of a few well-known inventors, such as McCoy. But can we say that someone has ever recommended to us a book that chronicles the accomplishments of slave inventors? Probably not.

In this issue, I have taken a stab at writing about the legacy of Black inventors and the need for scholarly scrutiny of that legacy. I hope you find "Learning From the Past" informative and engaging (see pg. 28).

We also felt that profiling prominent Black "information technologists" in higher education to be in keeping with the spirit of Black History Month. As leaders and innovators in their respective disciplines, the 10 women and men featured in this issue are making history of their own. …

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