Black History Month 2021

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their role in U.S. History. Rockdale ISD will celebrate throughout the month of February, highlighting contributions made by Black Americans to education.


Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson, (born August 26, 1918, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S.—died February 24, 2020), American mathematician who calculated and analyzed the flight paths of many spacecraft during her more than three decades with the U.S. space program. Her work helped send astronauts to the Moon.
Read more about Katherine Johnson on NASA's website:


George Washington Carver

Born into slavery, George Washington Carver became a foremost botanist, inventor and teacher. He invented over 300 uses for the peanut and developed methods to prevent soil depletion. He was made a member British Royal Society of Arts — a rare honor for an American – and advised prominent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and President Teddy Roosevelt on agriculture and nutrition. Learn more about George Washington Carver from PBS Learning Media:



Gladys West

Born and raised in Virginia, Gladys West leveraged her mathematical and programming expertise to invent an accurate model of the Earth which was used as the foundation for the creation of the Global Positioning System (GPS). She was the second black woman ever to be employed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame—one of the highest honors awarded by the Air Force.




George Franklin Grant


George Franklin Grant (September 15, 1846 – August 21, 1910) was the first African-American professor at Harvard. He was also a Boston dentist, and an inventor of a wooden golf tee. He entered the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1868, and graduated in 1870. He then took a position in the department of mechanical dentistry in 1871, making him Harvard University's first African-American faculty member. Grant was a founding member and later the president of the Harvard Odonatological Society and was a member of the Harvard Dental Alumni Association where he was elected president in 1881.



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