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Thursday, January 12, 2006

African Americans in Science and Technology

Looking for information about Blacks in the Technology Field? Here is a great place to start:

Black Tech Magazine is the comprehensive Information Technology [IT] advisory resource for African American business owners and entrepreneurs.
Black Family Network provides online technology information for black families.
Multiple Shades of You Online: Black Technology Listing
Digital Sistas is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization created to promote and provide technology education and enrichment for young girls and women of color.
Our PC Magazine is the computer and internet magazine for African Americans.
The National Society of Black Engineers
La Familia Network, the Hispanic Family embracing Technology
Black Conscious News Science and Technology Headlines
D-Mars Black Business & Technology News
African American Web Developers Computer Internet and Technology Forum
Multiple Shades of You: Black 'Web' related Links
Cocoa Lounge Computers and Science Forum
African American Gamer
The Digital Divide Network is the Internet's largest community for educators, activists, policy makers and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide.
African-American Women in Technology
•Proud Black User of Macintosh: an African American Technology Blog
•Black Blog

Black Internet Stats
• More than 10 million Blacks are online, about 45% of the Black population
• 74% of online Blacks say the Internet has had a positive effect on their children
• Blacks account for roughly 8 percent of the online population, and the group will exceed U.S. Hispanics' Internet penetration by 2007
• Top three online activities Blacks are #1: check/send email, #2: access news/headlines and #3: play online games
• Blacks are active online consumers, purchasing more clothing/apparel online (48% vs. 41%) and more music/videos (44% vs. 39%) than the general online market
• Blacks listen to music online and watch videos more than the general online market
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, January 2003

What is Compelling Reason to Invest IT Dollars in Black Community?
John Templeton ( has conducted extensive research in this area. He reports the following statistics:
1. 11% of the employees in the Information Technology industry are African American
2. 500,000 African Americans in the IT industry
3. 2400 African American owned IT companies in the country. These 2400 companies employ over 20,000 people.


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