Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of May 1:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Clarence “Skip” Ellis
- He was the FIRST African American to earn a PhD in Computer Science
- He won a scholarship to Beloit College (WI); graduated with a double major in mathematics and physics
- He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois
- He helped develop the icon-based GUI (Graphic User Interface), which became the basis for Windows and Mac OS
- He worked with the African Virtual University to bring Afrocentric computer science to sub-Saharan Africa
Extra tidbits: When he arrived on the Beloit College campus, Skip Ellis was the ONLY African American student present, a reality he dealt with during his entire undergraduate tenure. In his professional career, Ellis has worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories, worked as a researcher and developer at IBM, Xerox, and Argonne National Lab, to name several. Professor Ellis currently works as a Professor of Computer Science, and Director of the Collaboration Technology Research Group at the University of Colorado at Boulder.