Honoring Famous African American Scientists for Black History Month

It's Black History Month, which means it's a great time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in your classroom. When it comes to science, African Americans have made significant contributions—whether in engineering, physics, aeronautics, or other fields.

Many black scientists have left enormous legacies, presenting an opportunity to teach your students about individuals who have changed the course of history through innovation while also exploring the field of science more broadly.

Famous Black Scientists

Download these posters to distribute to your students or hang in your classroom and celebrate five famous black scientists, many of whom are still alive today. The individuals highlighted in these downloadables include:

  • Dr. Marshall Shepherd, meteorologist and climatologist
  • Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, physicist
  • Dr. Ayanna Howard, robot engineer
  • Dr. Beth A. Brown, astrophysicist
  • Dr. Christine Darden, aerospace engineer
  

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