ReUNION Narrative: LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE, Jan. 16-March 5, Lesson 2
Throughout human history, controlling light had proven elusive until Thomas Edison retained Lewis Latimer. When Latimer created a durable and easily manufacturable carbon filament, he was awarded a patent for the "Incandescent Electric Light Bulb with Carbon Filament." Light from those bulbs spread in random directions at varying frequencies.
By the time Dr. Robert Lawrence Thornton received his doctorate from Stanford in 1983, scientists had learned how to focus light to generate a beam of waves at the same frequency, known as a laser.
Like Latimer, Thornton made an exponential improvement by discovering how to generate more than one laser from a single semiconductor chip.
SAN JOSE -- When the new editor of the San Jose Business Journal walked into a breakfast at the San Jose Athletic Club in 1987, he was surprised that four of the dozen technology business leaders welcoming him were African-American.
"They were pretty shocked that I was black too," recalls the author of Success Secrets of Black Executives (ASPIRE SAN FRANCISCO), first African-American to edit a business newspaper.
John William Templeton soon organized a group called the Black Executive Forum, where one could only gain admittance with budget authority in excess of $10 million. More than 200 eventually showed up for the monthly meetings.
HUNTSVILLE -- Logicore announced its latest partnership with Lockheed Martin – Global Training & Logistics (LM – GTL) in a contract win with the Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPT&E) Information Technology Support Services (ITSS) section of the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Business Operations Department. With this partnership, LogiCore will support document production operations, maintain personnel records, manage image creation and evaluation processes, and coordinate image selection review boards.
Thirteen action groups have been formed from volunteers in more than 30 states to create a black parents union, to identify effective culturally-responsive practices, developing a certification process for African-centered schools, and creating shadow school boards to monitor public education.
WASHINGTON --Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 19 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to strengthen their academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building capacity, and physical plants as a result of a $227.9 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.