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Black History Month – Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin Pocock

Space scientist & science educator

Aderin-Pocock was always committed to the stars, building her own telescope in her youh. After receiving her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and working for a while, she turned back to telescopes. She has worked on some massive astronomy engineering projects, like the Gemini telescope in Chile.

A space expert keen on democratising science, Aderin-Pocock visits schools inspiring kids, and now presents the long-running BBC astronomy show, The Sky at Night.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/21/maggie-aderin-pocock-interview-bbc-nasa-space

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Black History Month – Travis Alabanza

Travis Alabanza drawing

Travis Alabanza is an unapologetically Black, trans, gender nonconforming performance artist, theatre maker, poet and writer. They have performed in venues from the V&A, to the Tate, to Bat Wotever, and recently toured the US. Their performances and art practices are purposely disruptive and challenging, often deliberately making their audiences uncomfortable at realising the racism, transphobia, fetishisation and exclusion that Alabanza highlights and speaks to in their work. In May 2017, instead of filling Transmission Gallery with their own work, as requested, Alabanza curated a space for over 20 Black British artists to exhibit, in “a creative clapback to the white walls that normally plaster our vision.”

travisalabanza.co.uk

Black History Month – Damilola Odelola

Damilola Odelola

Damilola Odelola taught herself to code. When she felt ready to apply for jobs, the underrepresentation of black people and people of colour was very clear to her: “If there’s a BAME person on a tech team, likely chances it’s a guy, and if there’s a woman on a tech team, likely chances she’s white.”

She couldn’t see any organisations specifically targeting women of colour.

“I have never been one to sit and complain about something I’m unhappy with, without attempting to change it.”

Odelola set up blackgirl.tech, a social enterprise that aims to make tech a safer space for black women and girls.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/damilola-odelola/diversity-in-tech_b_6454892.html

Black History Month – Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott drawing

Diane Abbott  came from a working class background to become the first black woman MP in Britain in 1987, and has remained an MP for the past 30 years.

Abbott has consistently voted in favour of LGBTQ rights, welfare benefits and progressive taxation; and against more racist immigration rules, mass surveillance and the Iraq war.

Having faced down vicious racism and sexism to take her place as an MP, Abbott still receives abuse in the mainstream and social media: half of all offensive tweets sent to women MPs during the 2017 election campaign were to her. In spite of this, Abbotts majority (how much she won by) is bigger than Theresa May’s entire vote.