Each February, as part of Black History Month, leaders and innovators in the Black community are remembered and celebrated.
At Georgia Tech, we’re honoring the men and women who paved the way for future Yellow Jackets, the mentors on campus who continue to provide priceless guidance and leadership, and the next generation of big thinkers and world changers we will surely be celebrating in years to come.
They are two of our top administrators on campus — both Georgia Tech alumni, both products of the Atlanta Public Schools system. Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research Raheem Beyah graduated from Douglas High School, and Dean of Computing Charles Isbell earned his high school diploma at Benjamin Mays Academy for Math and Science. They share their experiences of earning degrees from Georgia Tech, including finding mentors and advocates. They also share advice for future Tech students and discuss the value of diversity.
Video: Leading with Impact
Political Movers and Shakers
Andrew Gillum caught the eye of the nation in 2018 as he surged to a history-making victory as the Florida Democratic Party’s first African American nominee for governor. Gillum delivered Georgia Tech’s 2020 Black History Month Lecture, entitled “IMPACT: Identifying My Perspective and Acting Consciously Today.” Hear what the former mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, says about the impact of the millennial vote on previous elections, and millennials’ potential impact on the 2020 election.
Video: 2020 Black History Month Lecture.
Photography: Christopher Moore
Video: College of Computing, Troy Robinson, Micah Eavenson, Maxwell Guberman, and Adam Karcz
Writer: Stephen Norris
Editor: Brigitte Espinet
Design: Monet Fort