Blacks Innovating In America NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin is hosting a Google+ Hangout on air focusing on innovative African-Americans in technology, science and engineering.
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Blacks Innovating In America

NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin is hosting a Google+ Hangout On Air focusing on innovative African-Americans in technology, science and engineering.

From Dec. 2 through Dec. 20, NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin is talking with black leaders and entrepreneurs in science and technology through our "Day in the Life" Twitter series, #NPRBlacksinTech. We are hearing from cutting-edge scientists and tech thinkers about the exciting work they're doing in their fields. Despite this vibrant community, African-Americans still represent only 5 percent of America's scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.

We are meeting with the 5 percent on #NPRBlacksinTech, and asking them what can be done about the disparity. Michel Martin of NPR's Tell Me More will get answers to that and other questions in a Google Plus Hangout on December 17.

Michel will be joined by Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University; Danielle Lee, Research Scientist and self-styled Urban Scientist; Mark Luckie, Manager of Journalism and Media at Twitter; Lauryn Hale of Facebook and Christine Johnson, Founder of DiversiTech.

Most importantly, we want to hear from you. Send us your questions using #NPRBlacksinTech or leave your questions and comments on this page. We want to hear your opinions on the #NPRBlacksinTech series, why you think African-Americans are under-represented in science and technology and what steps need to be taken to change that.

Google + Hangout On Air Contributors

  • Lauryn Hale

    Lauryn Hale
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    Lauryn Hale is a Strategic Partner Manager on Facebook's Global Platform Partnerships team in Menlo Park, CA. In this role Lauryn partners with mobile developers to help them build, grow and monetize their apps through the integration of Facebook platform products. Lauryn is also a member of Facebook's Black Employee Network leadership team.

  • Christine Johnson

    Christine Johnson
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    Christine Johnson is the founder of DiversiTech, a national organization dedicated to ensuring that underrepresented communities have the necessary tools for technology entrepreneurship success. @christinecelise

  • Walter Kimbrough

    Walter Kimbrough
    Courtesy of Walter Kimbrough

    Known as the hip-hop president, Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough has been recognized for his research on historically black colleges and universities, and for his use of social media to engage students. @HipHopPrez

  • Danielle Lee

    Danielle Lee
    Alecia Hoyt Photography /Courtesy of Danielle Lee

    A self-titled hip-hop maven, Danielle Lee is a biologist and outreach scientist. Her blog, "The Urban Scientist," focuses on urban ecology, environmental science and diversity within the science field. She uses social media and hip-hop to make science relevant and accessible to urban youth audiences. @DNLee5

  • Mark S. Luckie

    Mark Luckie
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    Mark S. Luckie is a multi-platform journalist and editor, founder of the digital journalism blog 10,000 Words, and author of The Digital Journalist's Handbook, a guide to the tools necessary to thrive in the digital newsroom. He currently the Creative Content Manager for Journalism at Twitter. Luckie has produced multimedia and interactive stories for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The Contra Costa Times, and is a former crime and justice reporter for The Daytona Beach News-Journal. @marksluckie