How well do you really know Black History? Black History Month is so much more than 28 days in February. In fact, even in 2016 Black History is being made every single day.
If you’re looking to learn more about history or discover other African Americans making their mark on the world, check out this list of Black History apps for your smartphone or tablet.
Black Inventors Match Game: Celebrate African American inventors with best friends Myles and Ayesha as you learn who earned patents for everyday items such as the doorknob, the traffic light and lemon squeezer. Then test your IQ with a matching game. (Available for Android and iOS)
Then and Now Series: Black History: The Then and Now Series apps shed light on facts about different cultures. In the Black History edition, you can learn about 100 different people through biographies, images and links to video or music. Print or email the bios to share the knowledge with friends. (Available for iOS)
More Than a Mapp: Explore an interactive map and bring black history close to home—literally. Set your location, and nearby historically significant sites will illuminate on the map. Check out related links, photos and videos. Know of a significant location not shown? Send it in, wait for verification and create your own pinpoint for all to see and learn. (Available for Android and iOS)
Black History Quiz: Test your knowledge of important black figures with multiple-choice questions. If you don’t know an answer, learn as you go—you won’t be able to move onto the next question until you get it right. (Available for Android and via the Amazon App Store)
The Root: Update your perspective with The Root, an inclusionary news source that features writing by prominent African American writers. In addition to political, social, cultural and racial commentary, tune in to podcasts and view slideshows for an interactive, visual news experience. (Available for Android and iOS)
These are just a few Black History apps that’ll teach you a little more about the history that affects us all. Did we miss any history apps that you’re using? Share your favorite Black History apps in the comments below.
In honor of the African-American trailblazers who help shape American history, AT&T celebrates the people, movements and tools empowering positive change. Black History Month is a lot more than 28 days recognizing our history, it’s also a time where we identify how our history has shaped us into who we are today. Over the years, I’ve found inspiration from many African-American leaders and trailblazers in the community and technology fields. One innovator that I truly identify with is Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. at MIT.
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson used her knowledge of physics to foster advances in telecommunications research while working at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Jackson conducted breakthrough basic scientific research that enabled others to invent the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting.
Before women in stem was a huge initiative, Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was making strides in the industry which has made it easier for many women like me to explore interests in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Because of her efforts, I’ve been able to create moments that matter teaching future entrepreneurs at Michigan State University and conferences around the country.
“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with my alma mater Michigan State University and the Spartan Innovations Entrepreneurial program. My commitment to the program included speaking to over 100 students of all colors, ages and backgrounds to share my journey in the technology space. In addition to sharing my journey, I had the pleasure to advise many of them on their entrepreneurial and innovation path. As a former low-income and high-risk student, it meant the world to me to speak with students who may have a similar education route as I did. Moments like these don’t just matter, but they shape the way you view influence and creating a legacy for others. Becoming an advocate for Stem and entrepreneurial education is just the beginning to creating a legacy of my own.
How are you celebrating Black History Month and making your mark? What historical trailblazers inspire you to create moments that matter of your own? Discover more historical moments and leaders on 28days.att.com.
As a little girl, I never imagined that my love for style and technology would lead me to where I am today. In celebration of Black History month, Verizon Wireless has kicked off it’s “Potential Of Us” initiative highlighting the accomplishments of diverse digital trailblazers from around the country. Including the Bronx Academy of Promise – where six students from the Bronx entered the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, they never imagined their hard work and dedication would pay off as much as it did. Discover how they accomplished their life-changing feat and created history Here. Verizon highlights digital leaders making a difference in communities, not just by celebrating black history but by creating history.
Verizon Wireless even shows a behind the scenes look at how I created the digitial lifestyle site based off the need for a hub that combined style and technology. In addition to DivasandDorks.com, Verizon follows me as I mentor young girls and women to help them get involved with technology from a young age. Check out the story behind DivasandDorks.com and what fuels my passions below.
What’s your passion? Music? Science? Fashion? Sports? Whatever moves you, Verizon can help take it to new heights. Explore more exclusive content and keep coming back for updates showing you how technology can help power all your passions with VerizonWireless.com.
Not all discrimination is blatant. If you think you have a thorough understanding on what racism really feels like, there’s a new app that wants to challenge your thinking. Challenge the way you think about racism and look at life through someone else’s eyes. Take the EverydayRacism challenge and experience what life can be like for ethnic and cultural minorities who face subtle forms of racism every day.
It plays out a little like an alternate-reality game. When you load it up for the first time, you’re asked to choose one of three characters, each of whom was created based on real-life experiences.
Muslim woman Aisha was created with the help of Zubeda Raihman, Mariam Veiszadeth, and Aisha Jabeen; Aboriginal man Patrick was created with the help of Blake Tatafu, Adam Hansen, Nat Heath, and Peter Dawson; and Indian student Vihann was created with the help of Rahul Dhawan, Mridula Amin, and Tanvi Bedi.
When you choose your character, you’ll experience four scenarios randomly spaced out every day for seven days.
These include radio broadcasts, work e-mails, social-network interactions, text messages, and videos. You can then choose how to react to each of these scenarios, whether it’s a co-worker telling you that things are done differently in Australia, a racist Tweet from a friend, or a remark on a Web site comment section. Your choices, however, are limited: two scripted responses, or no response.
You can also play as yourself and witness racism and how it affects the people around you.
It’s an interesting idea and one, we hope, that will help effect positive change in the way people view and respect one another — and possibly extend to app markets in other countries as well.
Via CNET Australia