By: William Jackson
Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures and the book by Margot Lee Shetterly applied to the great potential of African nations to one day have their own astronauts traveling into and returning home safely from space.
How many African girls have talents in mathematics, how many want to be engineers, how many girls want to be doctors and lawyers, scientists and pilots? How many want to be veterinarians and writers, how many have dreams of being an entrepreneur? There are African young ladies like American Taylor Richardson of Bolles Middle School, that share her dreams to be an astronaut traveling to Mars and exploring the Red Planet, there are more girls that want to follow her even girls around the Africa continent. There are girls that want to be like Angie Nixon’s daughter Natalie creating a national following with “The Adventures of a Moxie McGriff” http://moxiemcgriff.com/ creating a joy for literacy and a self-love for her hair. There is a real struggle with African Americans and those of the African Diaspora with girls and the value, self-confidence and self-awareness of personal hair. Many African boys love to read and many enjoy building with Legos and other materials that could make them the next architects and designers of their national infrastructure for roads and buildings. African American young men like
Elisha Taylor a student that loves robotics, reading and has spoken at conferences; TEDxFSCJ and attending WordCamps and EdCamps in Florida https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/elisha-taylor/ There are dynamic and success driven African visionaries that are embracing their talents as smart creatives and innovators for the future. How many African boys and girls of color will be able to design future space ships that will take astronauts to Mars and to the stars? These are dreams that many do have. There is Hidden Magic in African children that needs to be cultivated and encouraged. The movie Hidden Figures has sparked a renewed interest in the need for girls and women to enter into #STEM careers, it is a call for boys and men also to get involved in #STEM and #STEAM that allows the imagination to know no limitations. Girls and women shatter glass ceilings, boys and men demolishing walls that keep them out of innovative and historic careers with tech. Africa is a growing technology influencer and children need access to educational resources.
The infrastructure is being built, adapted, modified and spread across the continent so boys and girls can dream big and achieve bigger. They need access to technology and educators that can bring in resources to teach the next generations. In the movie Hidden Figures Black girls and boys are honored as scholars and intellectuals, the same can be applied to African girls and boys. They are improving the rates of graduation access to higher education either at home or abroad.
Colonization has ended and the climb to global influence is taking affect. In Hidden Figures, Blacks helped put men in space, Blacks helped put men on the moon and Blacks continue to do this.
Soon African men and women will be employed in space industries that one day will see African men and women as astronauts, astrophysicist, and others in aerodynamic careers.
Historical Black Colleges and Universities have contributed to thousands of #HiddenFigures that are still unknown and their contributions are historical in the benefits we enjoy today as a global community. As a professor teaching at Edward Waters College I see the power of the African Diaspora in my students, rich in African heritage and pride. African universities and colleges are building the human capital, smart creatives, African innovators to begin to build a African space program to help others not just in their countries, but countries around the world. African parents and teachers should work together to create cultures of learning for the betterment of their cultures and society. The diversity that is African is a strength, the embracing of diversity brings an asset and significance to the educational systems, increase industries, continental commerce, and the importance of educational systems in research and development.
Africa is growing stronger because it recognizes the need for girls and women to be involved, educated, supported and empowered to help carry the weight of a continent that has the potential to launch and recover space craft the will travel the stars. Africans do have opportunities and they must be prepared for new growth in new careers that embraces STEM and STEAM to train girls and boys equally.
A time will come soon for an African astronaut to stand proud ready for the first mission, with the pride of a whole continent on their shoulders ready to begin an new journey where Africans only dreamed.
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