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11 Tech Trailblazers To Honor For Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we highlight the achievements of 11 pioneers and innovators in the field of science and technology.
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To celebrate Black History Month this February, we look at innovators who influenced modern technology. Some of these tech pioneers have had an impact on technology in ways that affect you every day, though you may not know it

Consider Granville T. Woods, an early inventor with more than 50 patents, or Gerald A. Lawson, whose work is enjoyed by anyone who has used an Xbox, Playstation, or Wii gaming console.

Woods patented the railway telegraph, which enabled trains to communicate with railway stations and prevent accidents. Lawson built the first video game system with interchangeable cartridges, making it simple for players to build game collections and for game manufacturers to sell single games.

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However, despite many contributions to the technology landscape, minorities continue to make up a small percentage of the tech workforce. Tech companies promise to ramp up diversity efforts, but progress is slow moving.

Read on to learn more about the innovators we are highlighting here and how their work influenced the technology we use today. Are there any names you would add to the list?

What have you done to advance the cause of Women in IT? Submit your entry now for InformationWeek's Women in IT Award. Full details and a submission form can be found here.

Kelly is an associate editor for InformationWeek. She most recently reported on financial tech for Insurance & Technology, before which she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. When she's not catching up on the latest in tech, Kelly enjoys ... View Full Bio

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2/26/2016 | 6:49:43 PM
Thanks for the interesting article. I have never heard of any of the people except Ms. Jemison
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