Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of July 1:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Elbert Frank Cox
In ADDITION to being the African American who was the FIRST IN THE WORLD to earn a PhD in Mathematics, Elbert Frank Cox ALSO:
- Was a professor at Howard University; he served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1957-1961
- Was offered a scholarship to attend Prague Conservatory in Bohemia to study violin; he turned it down to study math at Indiana University
- Was head of the Mathematics and Physics Department at Virginia State College
- Was a member of the American Physical Society and the American Physics Institute
- Held memberships in Beta Kappa Chi (Pure and Applied Sciences), Pi Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honorary Society), and Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society)
Extra tidbits: Cox earned a PhD in Math from Cornell University (1925) on full scholarship. As a professor, Cox became one of Howard University’s most popular; the master’s degree students he directed performed better than those under the guidance of other professors in his department. Howard University also established the EFC Scholarship for undergraduate math majors who wanted to study the subject at the graduate level. In 1980, National Association of Mathematicians established the Cox-Talbot Address (a presentation by prominent African American mathematicians), given annually at their national meeting.