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Women of Black History 2016


Women are half the human race, and they're half of black history, as well. Here are some highlights bringing together black history and women's history. An ever-expanding list of resources for learning about famous African American women and other women of Black History. You'll find women who are famous and women who should be better-known, from early America and slavery to the 21st century, including the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights movement.

  • February 1 – 29"40 Question Challenge" | Online
  • The Texas Tech University Women's & Gender Studies is celebrating Black History Month by showcasing women past, present and future. Taking inspiration from the National Women's History Project, we honor women of black history who helped create a better world for the times in which they lived as well as for future generations. Throughout the month of February & March we will test your knowledge of history of women and women's achievements through an online quiz game.

  • February 9 | Black Girls Code| 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. |  TLPDC 153
  • Women make up only 14% of computer science graduates, and Black and Latino women only 4%. Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, is trying to change that. The Women's & Gender Studies will host a forum using the online TEDx talk "Defy Impossible" by Kimberly Bryant. Bryant founded Black Girls Code to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders; coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures. The digital divide, or the gap between those with regular, effective access to digital technology and those without, is becoming an increasingly critical problem in society. As more and more information becomes electronic, the inability to get online can leave entire communities at an extremely dangerous disadvantage. Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer-coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. Black Girls CODE has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow.

    Black Girls Code
  • February 12 | The Love Below | 7:00 p.m. | Human Science Bldg. Room 169
  • In celebration of Black History Month and of strong black women everywhere, students at Texas Tech are proud to present "The Love Below" Spoken Word Performance. An evening of live spoken word and musical performance where women express themselves erotically and honestly through song, poetry and monologues.

    Arabia Harris

    The Love Below
  • February 17 | Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai| 6:30 p.m. | Human Science Bldg. 111
  • Taking Root tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.  Professor Maathai discovered her life's work by reconnecting with the rural women with whom she had grown up. They told her they were walking long distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was disappearing from their fields, and their children were suffering from malnutrition. Taking Root captures a world-view in which nothing is perceived as impossible and presents an awe-inspiring profile of Maathai's thirty-year journey of courage to protect the integrally connected issues of the environment, human rights, and democracy.

    Taking Root