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Other Mathematical Initiatives


As we end another Black History Month, we’d like to say THANK YOU for your support of Mathematically Gifted and Black.  We would like to close out 2020’s edition by bringing your attention to other ongoing  resources/initiatives that feature Black people in the Mathematical Sciences.  We look forward to seeing you guys in 2021 for another round of Mathematically Gifted and Black!





For Kids

Black Girl MATHgic Subscription Box

Black Girl MATHgic is the first and only monthly subscription box designed to increase math confidence and decrease math anxiety in girls on a 3rd-8th grade math level. Each box is jam packed with imagery and activities that help girls build the critical math skills they need to succeed in class today and society tomorrow. Use code MATHISFUN for 10% off your first box!


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CODEHOUSE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on cultivating a strong pipeline between students of color and industry leading technology companies. At its core, CODEHOUSE aims to tackle the diversity gap in technology by providing resources to enhance students’ technical skills, promoting internship/full-time placement, and elevating the next generation of diverse leaders in technology.



Women Who Count

Women Who Count: Honoring African American Women Mathematicians is a children’s activity book highlighting the lives and work of 29 African American women mathematicians.  The book includes portrait sketches and biographies for the featured mathematicians, each followed by elementary-school and middle-school activity pages. Children will enjoy uncovering mathematicians’ names in word searches, unscrambling math vocabulary words, solving equations to decode interesting facts, using logical thinking to uncover magic squares, locating hidden objects on an I Spy page, and more!

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Beyond Banneker: Black Mathematicians and the Paths to Excellence


Erica N. Walker presents a compelling story of Black mathematical excellence in the United States. Much of the research and discussion about Blacks and mathematics focuses on underachievement; by documenting in detail the experiences of Black mathematicians, this book broadens significantly the knowledge base about mathematically successful African Americans.


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Hidden Figures


The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.


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Mind and Matter


Mind and Matter follows Urschel through the academic and athletic rigors that expose the sharp contrasts and surprising connections between the two passions that shape his life—one taxing his brain with proofs and calculations, the other toughening his muscles with gridiron competition. The candid narrative conveys both the intellectual excitement of mathematically formulating the irregularities of an asteroid’s orbit and the physical trauma of sustaining a concussion in blocking a blitzing linebacker. A piquantly improbable memoir. —Booklist


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Power In Numbers : The Rebel Women of Mathematics


Prepare to be inspired. Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics is a full-color volume that takes aim at the forgotten influence of women on the development of mathematics over the last two millennia.

You’ll see each eminent mathematician come to life on each page, women like the astronomer-philosopher Hypatia, theoretical physicist Emmy Noether, and rocket scientist Annie Easley.


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The African American Male Mathematics Network (AAMMN)

The African American Male Mathematics Network (AAMMN) is a collective network whose primary mission is to encourage, support, and empower African American men who have an interest in mathematics and mathematics-intensive fields to fulfill, achieve, and thrive in their mathematics-related aspirations.



The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc.

The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. is a national non-profit organization and partner affiliate with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), dedicated to mathematics education advocacy, establishing a presence for leadership, and professional development to support teachers in leveling the playing field for mathematics learning of the highest quality for African-American students.




The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM)

The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) is a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership open to all persons interested in the mission and purpose of NAM which are:

  • — promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and
  • — promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities.