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Below, we list a number of  resources/initiatives that feature Black people in the Mathematical Sciences. 


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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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Black Male Success in Higher Education: How the Mathematical Brotherhood Empowers a Collegiate Community to Thrive


Dr. Jett reveals innovative strategies to teach math to Black males by recalling stories of math students at Morehouse College set against the backdrop of modern race and gender dynamics in the United States. Black Male Success in Higher Education masterfully connects mathematical sciences and culture, making it a must-read for anyone interested in using math as a mechanism to increase the inclusion of Black men in higher education.  ―Ivory A. Toldson, professor, Howard University


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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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Making Black Girls Count in Math Education:
A Black Feminist Vision for Transformative Teaching


Making Black Girls Count in Math Education explores the experiences of Black girls and women in mathematics from preschool to graduate school, deftly probing race and gender inequity in STEM fields.

Nicole M. Joseph investigates factors that contribute to the glaring underrepresentation of Black female students in the mathematics pipeline. Joseph’s unflinching account calls attention to educational structures and practices that contribute to race- and gender-based stratification in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. The author also disentangles a complex network of historical and sociopolitical elements that influence the perception and experiences of Black girls and women both inside and outside of mathematics education.

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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 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 Center for Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences

The mission of the Center for Minorities in the Mathematical Sciences is to disrupt the perception of who can do mathematics successfully by providing a nationally pronounced channel for community and scientific content, resources and programming, which is robust and supportive, for people of color pursuing degrees or careers in mathematics.

It is within this mission that we strive to broaden participation in STEM on the national level by growing and sustaining a community alliance committed to recruiting, retaining, and accelerating the progress of underrepresented minorities in mathematics.






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.


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Our Stories and History


Historical Mathematicians Poster

Historical Black Mathematicians Poster



In 2018, the American Mathematical Society teamed up with us to create a poster highlighting the historical contributions of black mathematicians. Please go to to order this poster.






Mathematicians of the African Diaspora

MATHAD is dedicated to promoting and highlighting the contributions of members of the African diaspora to mathematics, especially contributions to current mathematical research.

The former website was created by Professor Scott Williams of SUNY Buffalo in 1997 and we are committed to carrying on his mission.

MATHAD is dedicated to promoting and highlighting the contributions of members of the African diaspora to mathematics, especially contributions to current mathematical research.

Website : Mathematicians of the African Diaspora



The History Makers

In 2009, the National Science Foundation awarded The HistoryMakers a three-year grant to interview 180 of the nation’s top African American scientists, create curriculum based on the interviews, and hold public programs featuring the scientists. The goal of the ScienceMakers initiative is to create positive role models, increase the number of African Americans, women, and other minorities entering STEM professions, and use their life stories as a way to encourage others to enter scientific professions.


Website: NSF History Makers

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